Weird 1950s Slot Machine Anthropomorphism


1955: A woman playing on a one arm bandit slot machine in Reno, Nevada. Three Lions/Getty

Joe and I discuss the dangers of slot machine anthropomorphism quite a bit in our new podcast episode "One-Armed Bandits: The Science of Slot Machines," so I simply had to highlight yet another example of classic, overt humanization of the machine. It seems crazy, right? Why would you dress this machine programmed to rob you blind like a human criminal?

And in case you missed it in my post "Don't Humanize the Slot Machine," here's the sexier side of classic slot machine anthropomorphism :

1952: A man inspecting a 'blonde bombshell' dummy fitted with a slot machine in a Death Valley cafe.
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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.