American artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell (1903-72) was predominantly a collector of souvenirs, old prints, photographs, music scores, theatrical memorabilia, and French literature, who by 1936, established a signature style of his poetic assemblage with these collections. After losing his father at the tender age of 14, he moved with his mother and three siblings, to the Queens locale of New York City. His characteristic works were the boxes he shaped out of wood (like "Medici Slot Machine"), glass, and innumerable objects & photos. Joseph collected his raw materials from the New York City's antique and secondhand shops, which helped him in transmitting a prosaic and delightful sensation to his art.
Cornell's miniature wooden boxes, cautiously filled with assorted objects, were largely enclosed with glass, imparting a three-dimensional look. Selected carefully, these objects held no inherent value alone, but when pooled together, divulged a deeper connotation. His incongruous and unique juxtapositions were elegiac, evoking links to 'Surrealist' traits, such as mystery, fantasy, the subconscious, dreams, etc. Joseph's choice of subjects was unbound, such as Hollywood stars, astrology, birds, ballet, opera, travel, Medicis of the Renaissance, artists, poetry (Emily Dickinson), and the cosmos. His materials were also cutouts from newspapers, butterfly wings, marbles, and the snippets of wallpaper, souvenirs and memorabilia, sky charts, old advertisements, broken glassware, music boxes, feathers, metal springs, maps, seashells, mirrors, and plastic ice cubes. "Medici Slot Machine" is one of the first boxes Cornell fashioned in his basement workshop.
"Medici Slot Machine" is a dream-machine exhibit, based on a young 'Renaissance' prince, Piero de Medici of Florence. It combines the prince's puzzling world with a contemporary vending machine. He added many minute portraits at the sides that look like the clips of movie, some of which are of the same young man in the portrait. Joseph also inserted a grid of wires over the images, which looks like the exterior of windowpanes. Close to the base is a glass shelf, below which are small window-like openings with toys in them, while the midpoint displayed a compass. The original painting is in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Md.
Initiated in the early 1940s, this box juxtaposed 'Renaissance' and the 'Rococo' portraits of children with collaged elements handpicked from boardwalk games and slot machines. The "Medici Slot Machines" had moveable parts, such as the marble, which slide back and forth in the base compartment. Cornell anticipated his "Medici Slot Machine" to tempt the onlooker for playing it. Hitherto, rather than being a game, this inscrutable box instead projects psychosomatic complexity. Cornell's choice of objects had an undeniable personal touch, and his works evoked a mood of nostalgic trance in his viewer.
A recluse in real life, the creator of "Medici Slot Machine," Joseph Cornell used his art to flee away from his family, a barren suburban life, and his own emotional demons. In bringing precise order to his art, he was compensating for the bedlam of his personal life. Cornell continued to live in the house in Queens until his death in 1972. Throughout his prolific career, Cornell skillfully positioned the rudiments of his private history in every nook and corner of his boxes. Today, even after around 37 years of his demise, Cornell is the accepted master of assemblage art.
Remember that movie “Big” with Tom Hanks who is like a ten year old kid and then makes a wish to be bigger? Then through the movie it’s like a kid living inside an adult’s body? Well, that’s my friends and I. If you came over to visit you would think three or four kids lived there with all the video games, old posters, baseball cards, and yep we’ve got a couple of bunk beds as well. However, our most prized possession is the Street Fighter Skill Stop Slot Machine.
Back in the good old days, my buddies and I would head up to the mall arcade area with a roll of quarters and play each other on the Street Fighter game. For hours we would go back and forth choosing different guys and who would have thought that 15 years later we’re still all hanging out together. So when I accidentally came across the Street Fighter Skill Stop Slot Machine we just had to have one of these Antique Slot Machines for the house.
On a personal note it is just as entertaining reminiscing about the times we played the regular video game while playing the Street Fighter Skill Stop Slot Machine. It’s even brought back things I didn’t even know was hidden in the back of the brain. Crazy I know, but one of these Best Slot Machines is definitely the perfect addition to our home. The only bad thing about it is we don’t have four of them so everyone can play at the same time. However, we’ve been talking about it.
If anyone out there is like us and just loves old fashioned video games from the past, then stepping up to one of these Casino Slot Machines is just as much fun. The Street Fighter Skill Stop Slot Machine doesn’t have a pull down lever or any of that old fashioned appeal. One thing to keep in mind though that the one we purchased was a Street Fighter II machine as opposed to the original. In fact, we’re not even sure if there is an original one out there.
What we do know is these Used Slot Machines come with a key so we can do whatever we want on the inside. A little twist here, a little turn there and you can change the odds however you want inside the machine. You don’t have to worry about being electrically inclined either because you’ll get a manual to use when need be. Granted we haven’t touched the thing yet, and like everyone always says, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
Even if one of these Casino Slot Machines broke there’s a two year warranty. Plus the place we bought it from has a technical support team to help out as well. When it comes down to it though we aren’t worried about whether or not it’s going to work. We just love the fact that people can come over, enjoy themselves playing on the Street Fighter Skill Stop Slot Machine and possibly win a little money. If they don’t, well we’ll just take the winnings and go out to buy another one. Of course us saying this is one of the Best Slot Machines around is a biased opinion.
It has a three coin max play system so you can imagine the money that can be made while you’re trying to Win at Slot Machines. We didn’t even buy it for that, but now people are calling up seeing if they can play $20 worth on the machine. So we oblige and eventually we’ll get some new toys to enjoy. We saw this Rambo slot awhile ago. That may be next on the list. After all, we do look like we still live in the 80s. Parachute pants anyone?