2009-09-05

Vintage Games: Strongman Machine




Photos by P-E Fronning

This is a vintage Swedish coin-operated game machine which measures your strength as you try to press a couple of handles together (They are not seen in the photos I'm afraid). Judging by the funny illustrations I'd guess the machine is from the 60s. The results of your efforts vary from "infant" to "world champion" via "maiden", "drunkard", "clerk", "half-strong", "ladies' man", "lumberjack", "athlete" and "fighter".

Is there a good name in English for such a machine?

Update:
Sarah of Meet Me At Mikes says: "It's not a very good name, but here in the US those games are called "Test Your Strength""
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6 comments:

sarah said...

It's not a very good name, but here in the US those games are called "Test Your Strength"

P-E Fronning said...

Sarah: I really meant to ask for a "correct name" so as you say good or not "Test Your Strength" will have to do. ;) In Swedish it says "Kraftmätare" on the machine which would translate, simply, "Power (force) meter". A pretty boring name too. ;) Thanks!

retoque fotografico said...

Great photos, lovely detail!

P-E Fronning said...

Thanks!

My said...

we have a mchine just like that in a pizzeria in my town :) kraftmätare haha

P-E Fronning said...

Grattis! Då får du testa dig och se vad du kan titulera dig som :)