This Photo Series Shows How Arcades Were a Precursor to Video Games

By: Christopher Magsambol - Oct 26, 2015
References: retronaut & mashable
This collection of arcade photography depicts how teens and youth of the past spent much of their leisure time. These images were shot in 1968 but were interestingly used as evidence in a legal case against taxation of penny bingo games. Today however, exposing these retro pictures serves a different purpose, bringing to light earlier forms of socialization.

This particular arcade was called the 'Wonderland Arcade' and was a popular hangout for people of all ages who had a few coins in their pockets. These analog games used to be filled with crowds of people lining up for games like shooting galleries, skee-ball and endless varieties of pinball.

This arcade photography from the 60s has a rather nostalgic tone and represents a place that is slowly being replaced by in-home video games.