Light-up 78 rpm JUKEBOXES
How about those those 1940's light-up 78 rpm jukeboxes!
I'd been wanting one (or all) of these since Forever. (Literally, since I was a little kid!) One of the first things I did after graduating & getting a good job was buy a 1949 model. Then immediately "fell in love" with another model and bought that one too...
First, the 1949 AMI model C, top half from brochure photo (mine works & rebuilt the amp, but is visually unrestored; needs replacement light fixtures, motorized color wheels in speaker grille...) Reeally looking forward to finishing this one off:
And in the kitchen/dining room: the 1952 Rock-Ola "Fireball 120", almost all original, completely working: one of the last jukeboxes made that would play 78's, with an incredible 120 selections: Filled with everything from Goodman, Miller, Dorsey & Ellington, to the Be-Boppers, Blues Shouters, and Tenor Sax stompers: With a tube-driven 16-inch speaker, for BASS you can FEEL!
Click here for more photos & links to high-resolution detail shots of the Fireball from my very old (and hopelessly outdated) home page (the email link is outdated too):
My favorite comment I've ever gotten on that one is, "Man, I don't see how you ever leave the house!" Sometimes it's hard...
And the Favorite "Lucky" Tie: It may not be from the 40s, but check out the pattern...
...a 1946 Rock-Ola, in tasteful "tie colors" - SuperMurgatroid!
Even ran across an ad featuring the Queen Mary: (actually a pre-Colored-Plastics mid-30's box...) Apparently showing them hoisting a Rock-Ola jukebox up onto deck to be installed, maybe in the Observation Lounge: (for those who've been, this thing isn't still actually on board, is it?)
Anyone else out there into these incredible machines, or spotted any still in operation in public locations? (some hobbyists restore them & put them On Location in retro dance joints when the band is away, or too small for a band...)
They have some really nice CD repro's now too...