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These are typical jukeboxes from the 1940's. Your jukebox may be different. I buy these jukeboxes and many others in any condition. If you're selling a jukebox email a picture or description. On the upper left hand side of the page click on "contact me" or cut and paste my email address:

I travel through Pennsylvania,  New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine,  
New York State including: New York City, Long Island and further to buy jukeboxes like these in any condition.
I buy jukeboxes made before 1960 and coin-operated games and gambling machines. 

The invention of the Jukebox is more than 100  years old. Coin-operated phonographs using cylinder records were in use in the late 1800s. These were spring wound and played only one record at a time. Edison coin-operated phonographs were the most popular. In order for a coin-operated phonograph to be a jukebox, the user must be able to select a record. 

In  1905 the Multiphone Operating Company came out with the first jukebox. It was a Ferris wheel mechanism housing 24 Edison cylinder records. The user could select the tune therefore making it the first jukebox. 
Shortly thereafter, the Regina Music Box Company came out with a Jukebox called the Hexaphone because it housed six cylinder records. 

The Gable Automatic Entertainer was also introduced at this time using flat 78 RPM records. It had a unique feature of changing the needle with every play. Holcomb & Hoke manufacturing, makers of popcorn machines, came out with the Holcomb & Hoke Manufacturing Company Electramuse jukebox also using 78 RPM records. 

Early jukeboxes were spring wound. Later on they were a combination of electric motor and springs. Typically, a coin would trip an electric contact to start a motor. The motor would wind springs to operate the phonograph. Electricity was not standardized in the early part of the 20th century and so springs were used to deliver a consistent rate of power to keep the records turning at a specific number of  revolutions per minute (RPM).   Today, we think of jukeboxes either as wood and plastic or chrome.
 I want to buy any early jukebox or coin-operated phonograph that you may have.

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. Multi-Selector Phonograph is the most widely know of the colorful 1940s jukeboxes.  Earlier Wurlitzer Models had 10, 12 or 16 selections, most styled along the lines of 1930s upright floor model radios.
In 1938 Wurlitzer launched its first 24 selection light-up jukebox called the model 24.  Later Wurlitzer 1940s models also had 24 selections but were given different model numbers. Decorative metal castings were nickel plated at this time. It wasn't until the 1950s that exterior metal castings were chrome plated.

Wurlitzer also made light-up twelve selection counter-top models during the 40s. Counter top models include 
model 41, model 51, model 61,  model 71, and model 81. Model 61 being common.

The Rudolph Wurlitzer  Company was dominating the market for jukeboxes in the early '40s. They produced several successful models including the model 700, model 750, model 800, model 850.

World War II almost halted production of most American mass produced manufactured goods. Metal and plastic were going toward the war effort. Wurlitzer managed to produce the model 950 early in the first war year of 1942. This model had almost no decorative metal castings on the exterior. Instead, decorative wood carvings served the same purpose. There was also limited use of plastic. In place of most of the decorative plastic, glass was used. 

The next model was made later in 1942. Appropriately numbered model 42, it was also also called the "Victory".  The model 42 was not actually a jukebox, but an empty cabinet shipped to jukebox route operators. Route operators would "chop up" earlier Wurlitzer jukes and install the old mechanisms in the new model 42 cabinets. Model 42 cabinets were only made of wood with no metal castings. Inset painted glass panels, similar to glass used in pinball machines, were illuminated for decoration. Several cabinet variations were produced to accommodate a number of older Wurltizer mechanisms. 

One man was responsible for the classic Wurlitzer style. Paul Fuller designed all the most beautiful Wurlitzer light-up jukeboxes. After the war ended in 1946 Mr. Fuller went all out to design the most famous model jukebox ever made, the model 1015. 

The model 1015 is the most recognized jukebox of all. With its curved top, bubble tubes and rotating color wheels it became the biggest seller in the 1940s with more then 56,000 being produced!

After Mr. Fuller designed the model 1015 he also designed two more classic 40's jukeboxes. First was the model 1080, which many collectors call the Mae West because of its curved sides.  The last collectible '40s Wurlitzer was the model 1100. It has a more pointed top resembling a bullet shape.

In 1949 Seeburg ended the hay day for Wurlitzer ending this company's reign in the jukebox field. It was in that year that Seeburg introduced its first 100 play jukebox. From that year forward, Seeburg dominated the market until the mid 1960s. 

Some jukeboxes had speakers made especially for them. Some speakers had colored plastics to match their jukebox counterpart, others were decorated with organ pipes, some were star shaped or teardrop shaped. Also, wall-boxes were also made to match most jukebox models. Wall-boxes were used to operate jukeboxes from a remote location. A typical installation would involve a wall-box at every table in an old diner. I buy jukebox speakers and wall-boxes. 
There were a number of beautiful jukeboxes made in the 1940s by other manufacturers such as the Filben Maestro with its streamlined cabinet. The Packard Pla-mor and Packard Manhattan in 1946. Capehart manufactured a number of jukeboxes of high quality as well as home model phonographs, Rockola Mfg. Corp. came out with three models imitating the look of Wurlitzers: model 1422, model 1426, model 1428, Rockola also came out with futuristic colorful models like the  Commando and the Rockola Premier. Rowe AMI produced the 
Singing Towers. Rowe AMI also produced the model A, a tall jukebox with large white plastics nicknamed: "Mother of plastic". 

Please contact me if you have these or anything similar you'd like to sell. 

These are typical jukeboxes from the 1950's. Your jukebox may be different. I buy these jukeboxes and many others in any condition. If you're selling a jukebox email a picture or description. On the upper left hand side of the page click on "contact me" or cut and paste my email address:

I travel through Pennsylvania,  New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine,  New York State including: New York City, Long Island and further to buy jukeboxes like these in any condition.
I buy jukeboxes made before 1960 and coin-operated games and gambling machines. 

The jukebox industry changed in 1949 with the introduction of Seeburg's
Select-O-Matic 100 model A which was a 100 selection jukebox playing 78 RPM records. Overnight, Wurlitzer's 24 selection mechanism was outdated. Seeburg's model A also introduced a new cabinet design that would set the standard throughout the 1950s. The entire rack of records and record changing mechanism could be viewed through a clear glass dome.
Two years later, Seeburg jukeboxes were equipped with 45 RPM records in the model B. In 1952  Seeburg's model C was on the market and became one of the most popular jukeboxes of the 1950s. The C has a wood cabinet with illuminated plastic pillars called pilasters. Motorized cylinders turned inside to change the pilasters different colors.
Seeburg's next models had progressively more chrome trim. Cabinets followed  1950s automotive styling even incorporating red light-up tail fins in several models such as the 160 selection model 161. 

Seeburg's most notable models were the Select-O-Matic 200s. These wide jukeboxes held 100 records capable of playing both the A and B sides for a total of 200 selections! This was an incredible number of selections in the 1950s, several decades before CDs and MP3 players came into existence. 
The Seeburg Select-o-matic model V, with a maroon and grey color scheme, is the most notable of the 1950s Seeburgs. It is an imposing box with a large curved clear glass dome. Two hundred selections were listed on a rotating drum.  A push of a button would rotate the drum to expose one fifth of the song titles. The  Select-O-Matic 200 model VL was the same jukebox with  green and pink cabinet colors. Seeburg Select-O-Matic 200 model KD or KS had 
a rotating title drum and three lighted red tail fins on the front grill. The model 201 was a 200 selection jukebox also with three tail fins, but without a rotating title drum. 

Up until 1958 all Seeburg sound systems were mono. In 1959 Seeburg came out with two stereo jukeboxes, the 100 selection stereophonic model 220 and the 16o selection stereophonic model 222. The factory supplied each of these models with special 45 RPM records demonstrating stereo capabilities.  

Wurlitzer was slow to keep up with Seeburg. They made a few mechanically complex mechanisms in the early 50s which were far too complicated to be reliable.
 In 1954 Wurlitzer released its first notable model, the Wurlitzer Multi-Selector Phonograph model 1700 and the model 1700F. These were 104 selection machines with clear glass domes and light up pilasters similar in styling to Seeburgs. The model 1700 was followed by the Wurlitzer Multi-Selector Phonograph model 1800. Just a bit more modern than the 1700, it was offered in four different cabinet colors. 
In 1956 Wurlitzer celebrated 100 years in business and released two Wurlitzer 
Centennial models. The Centennial model 1900  and Centennial model 2000. The model 2000 is a 200 selection jukebox using flipping pages to display  title strips, similar to Seeburg's title drum idea. This was followed by model 2104, another 104 selection juke. 
In 1957 Wurlitzer styling became boxy and awkward and are not considered noteworthy with the possible exception of the 2500 series including the 2510 and 2504. 

In 1947 Rowe AMI designed the classic "Mother of Plastic" model A jukebox. The model A has a tall, wide cabinet. The record selection and playing process could be viewed through a clear glass window in the center of the cabinet. AMIs next two models followed this basic design but were smaller with clean lines and not impressive. The AMI model D of 1951 was the last AMI to retain a semblance of  1940s styling. For the next few years AMI jukeboxes were rectangular and uninspired. They do have a clear 1950s look to them and can be attractive when found in pristine condition but Models E, F and G are not considered very collectible. 

1957 was a banner year for AMI with a new look for their jukeboxes. The AMI model H was a strong design following the look of automobiles of that era. A wrap around glass dome imitating an automobile windshield was trimmed in chrome. The model H was offered in 100 selection; AMI model AMI JCH 100 with keyboard or rotary dial selector, 120 selection AMI model JBH with keyboard only and 200 selection AMI model JAH 200 with keyboard or rotary dial selector and AMI model JDH 200 with keyboard or rotary dial selector. 

1961-1963 were also banner years for Rowe AMI jukebox design. The Continental and Continental 2 have a futuristic space-age look. The changer mechanism can be viewed through a clear semi-circular dome on the top of the cabinet, surrounded by an semicircular display of title strips. This jukebox is often described as coming from "The Jetson's", a prime time futuristic cartoon series also from the early 60s. Both the Continental and Continental 2 were offered in 100 or 200 play versions. 

Rockola Jukeboxes copied general cabinet design features of late 1950s AMI models. Although not as striking in appearance as AMI models, Rockola models look very much like 1950s finned automobiles. Unfortunately, these jukeboxes were decorated with colored, textured aluminum which is easily damaged. This aluminum is no longer available and so damage to this metal greatly affects value.
The Rockola model 1468 Tempo 1 has a large "V" on the front grill with a capital letter "R" for Rockola. The record playing mechanism is on full display with a clear glass wrap around windshield styled dome. A rotating drum with title strips is located on the very top of the cabinet. Rockola model 1468 Tempo 1 was offered in 100 selection mono or stereo and 200 selection mono or stereo.

The Rockola Tempo 2 model 1478 and model 1485 from the following year 1960 were similar in appearance to the Tempo 1 with some minor changes. 
The Rockola Tempo 2 front grill was adorned by a colorful boomerang along with the word "stereo". The rotating title strip drum was replaced by conventional title strip holders. The difference between the two model designations are: Tempo 2 model 1478 is 120 selections and model 1485 is 200 selections. 

The Rockola Regis Model 1488 and model 1495 were a toned down versions of the Tempo 2. Both offered only in stereo, the Regis model 1488 had 120 selections and the Regis model 1495 had 200.  

The 1962 Rockola Model 1493 Princess was an attractive, small, modest 100 selection jukebox with dark pink highlights.

Please contact me if you have these or anything similar you'd like to sell. 

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