Sunday, October 2, 2022


Marilyn Monroe, the slot machine


I photographed this slot machine in Virginia City, Nevada, about 35 years ago. I wasn’t sure who the woman depicted was supposed to be, but I’ve been told several times since that it was Marilyn Monroe. If you know, please let me know.

The last time I was in Virginia City, about five years ago, I couldn’t find any old, mechanical slots like this. They’re all gone, replaced with boring, digital machines. Too bad. Ones like this had a lot more character.

Chuck Woodbury



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Tommy Molnar
5 years ago

The old ones were more fun. Pulling the arm was how they came to be known as “One Arm Bandits”. Next, they took away the actual use of coins. No more clanking of coins in the tin trays either. I just don’t trust these machines. After all, they are programmed computers.

Vic Mazzaro
5 years ago

The new digital machine can be set to pay out only a certain number of times per hour. The old machines it was harder to do so. I agree with you — the older ones have more character and were better for the player.

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