Hobbies & Games

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The claw games found in many modern arcades were originally steam shovels, modeled after the mechanical steam shovels that excavated the Panama Canal. Photos of work on the Panama Canal in the early 20th century popularized steam shovels, and they began to appear in picture books, as toys, on watch fobs and in arcades, digging up candy instead of Panamanian soil.

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