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Now this is old school…

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Before the days of YouTube, Vine, and video games people went to the arcade to hear the nickelodeon (player piano) and watch the amusements and oddities.  We went to San Francisco for the Association of Alternative Newspapers conference, but just down the road was the truly amazing Musée Mechanique.

The last machine “Laffing Sal” is the most widely known.  From Wikipedia:

Laffing Sal was a fixture at the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach, California when it opened in 1936. Decades later, the park’s management learned that Funni-Frite Inc. of Pickerington, Ohio still had the original molds of Laffing Sal’s head and hands, and commissioned them to make an updated Sal to stand above the entrance of their Scary Dark Ride. An endless tape cartridge provided its audio. The figure was removed when the attraction was closed in 2005.