Sunday, May 19, 2013

Main Street U.S.A.'s Penny Arcade



The Penny Arcade is one of my favorite parts of Main Street, U.S.A. It gives such an authentically vintage feel to the Park with its old-fashioned games and musical instruments. This January 1964 image is one of those rare shots that allows me to zoom in a bit closer to get a look at what the Arcade used to look like:



Compared to this view from May 2006:



It appears that some of the games have been repainted and that Esmeralda's exterior was completely revamped at some point:



From 2012:



And 2013; looks like more candy, less games.



One of these days, I hope to get a good vintage shot of Esmeralda, the gal who knows all:



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2 comments:

K. Martinez said...

The 1964 interior zoom is awesome!

I'll take the Penny Arcade of yesteryear over the Candy Arcade of today anytime.

Anonymous said...

What K Martinez said.

Dave, sometime when you visit SF, you must go to Musee' Mechanique' at Fisherman's Wharf.

It is a veritable elephant's graveyard of old coin operated games. The closest thing remaining to what the old Penny Arcade used to be.

JG