MUSEE MECANIQUE

Player Pianos And Other Sounds From A Penny Arcade

(La Brea) LP $15.50

Field recordings from San Francisco’s famed hands-on museum of early penny arcade machines (some over a century old) kept in their original working order for the public's enjoyment by the determined work of curator Edward Galland Zelinsky. Stereoscopic peep shows, moralizing fortune tellers, old baseball game machines, nickelodeons, prisoner art made out of toothpicks, music boxes, player pianos, "test your strength" challenges, animated dioramas, and of course laughing Sal, a larger-than-life size doll who just laughs and laughs and laughs. Silkscreened jackets.