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When I was a kid, we would spend 2 weeks every summer at Mayo Beach (Chesapeake Bay) MD. In the 1950's they allowed slot machine gambling and although I was too young to gamble, I would watch my Grandmother play for hours. I was fascinated when coins dropped out and jingled the tin bowl below.
One Halloween, I told my Mother I wanted to dress up as a slot machine. She obtained a big carton from the grocery store, covered it with tin foil, cut a hole in one side for my right arm, a 3 square holes in front, and 1 bigger hole below the 3. My Dad rigged up an unopened roll of paper towels inside the box which I had colored the circumference with rows of 3 cherries, 3 plumbs, 3 bells, and 3 bars. The pictures were exposed through the 3 square holes. We taped a cup in the hole below those which was sticking halfway inside and halfway outside. I had a bag of Chocolate Gold Coins inside the box.
With my right arm sticking out the side bent at a 90 degree angle people could pull my right arm down. Then with my left hand, I would quickly spin the paper towel roll and they would see 3 cherries, plumbs, bells, or bars. I would reach into the bag, pull out 1 to 4 coins, and drop them into the cup where the "player" would collect his winnings.Although I kept having to replenish the coins every 15 minutes or so, it was the most fun I had ever had at Halloween! ~ Harry from California