I had to screw up my courage to view them. Ghosts, skeletons, executions- this was seriously scary stuff.
I guess they dated from around the beginning of the last century- maybe they were even older. Come to think of it, they were almost certainly older than the peepshows (representing the next stage in technology) with their 20 seconds of Chaplin offcuts or their parade (now that was a formative experience) of Edwardian ladies with their tops off. All of them could have done with a lick of paint, but the drabness, the dustiness, the creakiness was part of the experience. Not only were they scary, they were venerably scary- like a story by Sheridan Le Fanu or M.R. James. And then they all disappeared- in a single season- to be replaced by those horrible, glitzy, greedy fruit machines. I missed them- and still miss them- terribly.
I expect most of them got trashed. Gambling machines turn up in auctions, but the penny-in-a slot automata almost never. It's as if they'd been wiped from the record.