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Charles Rubenstein started his career in Harlem in the 1920s working in penny arcades, and eventually as a manager of Kodet's Harlem Museum. He became part owner of the dime museum/arcade in 1929. In the 1920s The Harlem Museum boasted the largest collection of the old-fashioned Mutoscope viewers in New York, if not the country. Rubinstein left Harlem to start his own arcade on 42nd Street in 1939 called "While You Wait Photos," and ran the operation continuously through the mid-1980s.
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