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Published October 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Kovels Antiques: Fortune-telling machines popular in ’30s

Zoltar the Fortune Teller is the coin-operated machine in the movie “Big” that changed Tom Hanks’ character into a grown-up. The publicity from the movie created a market for the machine, and copies were made in the 1960s and ’70s. Coin-operated fortune-telling machines were popular at amusement parks and penny arcades in the 1930s and after.

By: By Terry Kovel, INFORUM

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