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FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY
BOOK REVIEW


There are many books on jukeboxes, a few on slot machines, an encyclopedia on gumballs and peanut machines, a comprehensive book on soda machines, but hardly anything on counter games.

Tom Gustwiller's book For Amusement Only changes that. This book is overwhelming. It has over 50 dice machines, 60 coin-drops, 55 one-wheel machines, 75+ cast iron slot and card machines, 15 horse race machines, hundreds of two and three reelers, and even skill games and roulettes. Overwhelming!

As with most identification guides, this book gives you a photo of the machine, its value, date of manufacture, and name of manufacturer. What is especially useful, however, is that it also gives you information on the rarity of each machine. Tom assigns one of three letters, A, B, or C to designate its rarity.