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 Post subject: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Dec Mon 26, 2016 8:44 pm 
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Years before Wurlitzer became the biggest name in the jukebox world, other brands were garnering nickels from a music loving public. During the later Prohibition years, several small manufacturers were supplying marvelous machines to locations, through either lease, consignment or outright sales agreements. Prior to 1934 (the year Prohibition ended, and the year Wurlitzer began its journey to the top of the jukebox kingdom) the familiar brands were Automatic Music Inc, Capehart, Gabel, Holcomb & Hoke, Mills, Seeburg and others.

Those early electrically amplified disc playing machines are unique and impressive in their applications of styling and technologies. As a tribute to, and a showcase of, those historically significant machines, I’ve started a thread with one of those early coin operated automatic phonographs.

Please add your pre-1934 example here.

Early next year, I'll start a Pre-WW2 thread for Jukeboxes.

Here is a 1929 Seeburg Audiophone.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Dec Mon 26, 2016 9:36 pm 
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Great thread you started. If the Capehart is obtainable it will be my first. Right now I don't have any jukeboxes but wanted to comment. I am new to the jukebox world but only have interest in early machines prior to WWII, this will be an educational lesson for me and I am sure for many others.

Do you have any video's of your rare Jukeboxes in action? It would be great if owners were able to post links to video's for documentation purposes. I have seen several early Capehart Orchestrope and Amperion demonstration videos on YouTube.

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Dec Tue 27, 2016 12:42 am 
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hey , that looks a lot like my Seeburg Audiophone and my garage. It's back in my house now waiting for the humidity of the summer to work once more.
As you probably know it works with a vacuum pump and a host of vacuum operated bellows that do everything from move the tonearm to change the record.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Dec Tue 27, 2016 10:22 am 
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Great Idea! The oldest I have ever had was several Wurlitzer 412's from about 1936. When we get to later pre-war machines I'll post a couple of those.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Dec Thu 29, 2016 5:39 pm 
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Here's a Holcomb & Holk from about 1929. Features 10 records stacked for sequential play. After all records drop, the system pushes them to the top of the record holders and readies them for play again. The Electramuse came in various versions, this one being the smallest in the floor space that it occupies.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2017 12:15 am 
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An unusual coin operated phonograph is this 1931 Capehart Model 5. It has a 10 record drop changer which lowers the records one at a time to the turntable, and does not re-stack them. Thus, a patron, or the location manager, can install a new program each time the stack plays through. The coin slide at the right side accepts nickels only, and an accumulator tallies up to 10 credits.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2017 10:28 am 
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Thanks everyone for those wonderful machines. I've never had any that old but they are really beautiful with amazing mechanisms!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2017 8:23 pm 
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Almost forgot about this one in our music room. It's a 1931 Mills Troubadour. 12 records, selectible, but not programmable. Features a triple coin slide and anti-tilt sensor.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Thu 05, 2017 3:05 am 
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Stunning machines!
Each & every one a gem.

-Steve-


BTW: looks like the Capehart 5 has the very rare optional kibble grinder (or the dog's dinner is ready).

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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Here's a 1934 Wurlitzer Model P-10.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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I would like to see photos/descriptions of wall boxes for the very early machines.
(Possible idea for another topic)

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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I think that is a good idea. Maybe expand that into remote equipment in general, including wallboxes and speakers. I'll shoot a few pix and post them in a new thread next week. Get your pictures ready too! Russie


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 12:20 am 
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Great pieces, thank you all for sharing thus far.

Russie, I like your model P-10. I was looking at a similar machine several months ago. Do these units have any pot metal in them? Do you have a video of this unit playing?

Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 1:21 am 
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Jon,

The entire mechanism is made mostly of pot metal, although a higher quality version of it. At this time, I don't have a video of the P-10, but I think someone else has a YouTube video of their P-10.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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Here's one of the earliest jukeboxes we have in the museum. It's a 1912 Gabel Automatic Entertainer. This is the famous machine that started it all. Has a magazine that holds 300 needles and changes the needle before each record. Acoustically amplified and spring powered.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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What's the little machine behind you with the red hat?


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 5:13 pm 
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That's a 1940 Seeburg Wireless Remote Speaker & Selector.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Fri 13, 2017 2:37 pm 
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Nice Gabel Entertainer. Saw one in a movie on TCM called "Taxi" from 1932 I think starring James Cagney. They showed a front shot through the glass front. They are in a bar and it sounds more like a nickelodeon than a jukebox. Think somebody goofed there but I'm sure people back then didn't much care. I think that it was a prop on the Warners lot cause I have seen it before in other movies.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
PostPosted: Jan Fri 13, 2017 8:25 pm 
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1922 Deca Disc plays records in order that are stacked after being put in aluminum trays like the later Electramuse. Reproduction is acoustic but has electric motor
for changer.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Pre-1934 Jukebox
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Wow, you have a Deca Disc. Unbelievable! Do you have a video of the machine in action?

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