Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wheel of chance

Does fortune await? Spin the wheel and find out. The ghostly numbers recall a time when optimists at fairs, carnivals and fundraisers eagerly placed their bets, then waited anxiously to see at which number the spinning wheel would finally stop. It was a lot more communal than today's scratch-off ticket. This old gambling device, made of wood, is 2 feet in diameter and ringed with metal stops.

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