greyhound stadium totalisator

This machine is an electro-mechanical 'automatic bookie' from Haringay greyhound stadium. It calculated gambling wins and was designed for large-scale mass betting. Greyhound racing was an American sport that arrived in England in 1926 and rapidly became popular, attracting huge crowds from all classes. Haringey was London's second greyhound stadium after White City, which opened in June 1927. The vast 50,000-seater stadium was built on a spoil tip left by the extension of the Piccadilly line to Finsbury Park. It provided glamorous night-time racing and is said to have experimented with racing cheetahs!
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L 1650 mm; De 305 mm; H 525 mm
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