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Stunning restoration of a 1930s penny arcade strength tester - Pawn Stars


The Pawn Stars strength is tested when a 1930s Gottlieb grip tester lands in the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. In 1927, D. Gottlieb & Co. started as a pinball machine manufacturer based in Chicago. During the early 1900s, Gottlieb made a variety of simple penny arcade, coin-operated machines. Not only were they hugely popular at the time, but collectors also love them.

The grip tester brought into for the Pawn Stars to buy can measure up to 300 lbs. of grip force. The side of the machine reads "Are you strong or weak? Test your grip". Anybody that had a penny could walk up to the device, squeeze the handle and see what their grip strength was. The owner wanted $1,500 dollars for it, but Rick muscled in on the deal for this vintage game and brought him down to $600. Although it caught Rick's interested, the condition of the 1930s penny arcade strength tester had Rick a little concerned.