The original 1950s/60s-era peep show (Photo: Michael Ford)
A Mutoscope peep show from 1896
Michael Ford, who restores old arcade games, has built a peep show machine from scratch using modern technology (Photo: Michael Ford)
The inner workings of the reproduction peep show (Photo: Michael Ford)
The eyepiece on the reproduction peep show, salvaged from the original British machine (Photo: Michael Ford)
"The peep show because it represents a part of Americana that has been forgotten" (Photo: Michael Ford)
Hard though it may be to believe for anyone raised since the advent of VCRs, there was a time when people actually had to leave their homes to see adult movies. Going to sleazy cinemas ended up being the main option, although it was predated by a little something known as the peep show machine. Now largely forgotten, these pieces of erotic entertainment history were once a common sight in penny arcades, fair grounds and other sometimes-questionable locales. So, what would one would look like if it were built using today's technology? California's Michael Ford decided to find out.
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