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Off the Path from New York to Boston

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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WSHU
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.