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Off the Path Revisited: America's Favorite Viewing Machine

Tower Optical employees service a row of machines and collect quarters outside Johnny’s Reef in City Island, N.Y.
Davis Dunavin
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Tower Optical employees service a row of machines and collect quarters outside Johnny’s Reef in City Island, N.Y.";

If you're on the road this summer, you may find yourself looking at a scenic vista through one of those coin-operated viewing machines. You know the ones — binoculars on poles, encased in a metal shell. And if you do, there's a good chance you're looking through a machine assembled in a small factory in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.