Darren Hesketh's two disc DVD production THE OLD-TYME PENNY ARCADE & THE VINTAGE FAIRGROUND has just been released. Running to over two and a half hours, it features a wide range of coin-operated machines, automata, toys, vintage fairground rides and related items many of which are on public display at various venues around the UK. There are chapters from Carter's Steam Fair, the Fairground Museum, Dingles Steam Village, The Bryans Museum, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Folly Farm Family Adventure Park, Merrivale Model Village, Watermouth Castle, Wookey Hole Caves and Yesterday's World plus some private collections. Professionally edited, production values are good with clear, sharp pictures and steady camera-work. The charm of Working Models and slot machines in general is only fully appreciated when they are "working". By capturing their intriguing actions and sounds in colour, these DVDs achieve what words and still images can't. Hopefully copies will be available through our site but in the meantime, try Darren's site at museumofamusements.
I believe the price is £19.99.