The point of this machine is to test your lungs. What you do is put a penny in, Grab the hose and blow until you’ve either passed out or raised all the divers. The divers raise one at a time. Collectors of Penny Arcade machines are not certain this was ever made since no existing examples have ever been found. From: http://www.arcadetreasures.com/arcade/Submarine_Lung_Tester.html
Illustration from a Novelty Supply Catalog from around 1905. None are known to still exist. From: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/wblow.htm
Illustration from a novelty catalog from about 1905. No known examples exist today. From: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/hatblow.htm
Caillie’s Hygienic Tester. From http://io9.com/forgotten-arcade-games-let-you-shoot-space-men-and-catc-513560652
Lung tester manufactured by the Mills Novelty Company about 1905. The grip in the middle was a hand strength tester. From http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10963
Caille coin-operated Spirometer Lung Strength Machine c1896, 11″w x 5″d x 18″h
The National Spirometer Co. “Automatic Therapy” Shock & Lung Test Machine c1900, wood case. For the nerves, aches & pains. For measuring the capacity of and expanding the lungs. Expensive doctor visits could be avoided by use of a coin-operated treatment machine. A high score on the lung test returns the patron’s coin, works. 12″w x 13″d x 19″h
Manufactured by the National Spirometer Company. Date given as 1854 but more likely from the 1890’s..
Manufactured in 1899 by the National Spirometer Company, New York City, New York.
The Love Spirometer, circa 1902. From arcade-history.com