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Just Sharing The return of the jukeboxes

balami

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I haven't posted a jukebox image here for quite some time, so thought I'd load up a few with some trivia commentary.

The peak period for jukebox production was post-war, 1946 to the 1970s. For those models where you could see the record playing, most of them were phased out in the early 1960s, with a few exceptions.

Whilst there were many companies around the world making jukeboxes, four American organisations dominated the industry: AMi , Rock-Ola, Seeburg, and Wurlitzer.

Here's an example of each:

This is an AMi Continental 2 made in 1962. This was the model used in the pottery scene in the film "Ghost". Taken at a show in The Netherlands in 2017.

AMi XJ Continental 2 Rosmalen 2017 web.jpg


This Rock-Ola Tempo 2 was made in 1960 and featured in the UK TV show "Juke Box Jury" - albeit they removed the glass screen to avoid light reflections. Taken at a show in The Netherlands in 2017.

Rock-Ola 1485 Tempo 2 Rosmalen 2017 2 web .jpg

This 1952 Seeburg M100C is the model used in the first seconds of the opening credits for the TV show "Happy Days". Taken at a show in Brighton in 2017.

Seeburg M100C Brighton 2017 web.jpg

And finally, the one that everybody recognises, a Wurlitzer 1015, made in 1946-47. This is the best selling jukebox of all time, and around 60,000 were made. Most people would think that this was the common jukebox in the 1950s diners playing your favourite 45rpm single. Actually, the 45rpm record wasn't invented until 1949 and this Wurlitzer only played 78rpm records. A number of lookalike "tribute" jukeboxes were made in the 1970s which can muddle people's memories! Taken at a show in Brighton in 2017.

W1015 Brighton 2017 web.jpg
 
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Great shots and your narration is fantastic. Thanks, John.
 

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Great shots and history lessons. Thanks.
 
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