Story: Arcade, computer and video games

Sideshow tents, Waikato River regatta, 1901

Sideshow tents, Waikato River regatta, 1901

From the 19th century arcade-style amusements or sideshows were a standard feature of agricultural and pastoral (A & P) shows, community carnivals, church bazaars and other public events. These tents housed the sideshows at a regatta on the Waikato River in 1901. The crowds around some tents attest to their popularity.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Arcade, computer and video games - Arcade games: 19th century to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39292/sideshow-tents-waikato-river-regatta-1901 (accessed 31 May 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013