Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ye Olde Jukebox


Some of us remember the days of jukeboxes. You put in a dime, chose your favorite song and then would invite your sweetie to do some jitterbugging: At the diner; or soda shop.

This lovely machine is available at Kane's Furniture Store. I don't know the price. But who'd want to buy it? It's "out of order."

32 comments:

Don and Krise said...

I also remember the small ones that were in the booths of the diners. By the way, who did put the bop in the bop-she-bop?

Lee Spangler said...

Jake: If you think that juke box is cool then click on the Music Room at http://upchucky.com/ and select any decade and juke box and song your heart desires.

melanie said...

Oui, c'était le bon temps. Maintenant chacun a sa petite musique et reste tout seul dans son coin sans se soucier des autres...

Olivier said...

superbe ce jukebox, nostalgie des années 1970 ;o)
haughtiness this jukebox, nostalgia of 1970s ;o)

Vogon Poet said...

Very good image. It would be hard to explain these things to the kids of the iPods...

Eamon said...

I didn't even notice that little sign at first. Suppose this machine might only be used as furniture for the eye. I'd like to hear this beauty play music though...

Per Stromsjo said...

The market economy tends to take care of most issues so I bet there's someone somewhere who could provide proper service and maintenance for this thingie. But I guess it's the kind of device everyone will admire and no one will put a coin into anymore. Not much of a business opportunity there.

Nikki Beaumont said...

Oh, how fun! I love the shininess and the colors of this photo! But jukeboxes to me bring up visions of Joan Jett saying/screaming, "I love Rock 'N' Roll, so put another dime in the jukebox, baby!" Good times! - Sorry to see that it is out of order. Bummer.

Jacob said...

@ Lee - That upchucky thingy is quite a site, Lee! Way more information than I can handle this morning! But thanks for pointing it out to me!

cieldequimper said...

Shht. Don't tell my boyfriend I've seen this. He'll want it, out of order or not. Then our living room will be full of bits and pieces while he takes it apart... ;-) It's beautiful!

Lois said...

It sure is a beauty! Too bad it doesn't work.

Memphis MOJO said...

I wish I could zoom in and read the names of the songs -- I bet it would bring back some good memories!

Small City Scenes said...

Wow that is a beauty. Remember 'rec rooms' in basements. I would love to have the Juke box but, alas, I don't have a rec room or even a basement. MB

magiceye said...

nostalgia is priceless!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

That's an awesome device! Compare this to today's iPods and such. There are lying worlds between them. However, this one has patina which makes it almost priceless.

Jarart said...

A great blast from the past! My dad used to repair these things way back when. Maybe it can be fixed.

Halcyon said...

Funny!

I think putting "ye olde" on anything makes it so much more quaint!

Boise Diva said...

I've seen the old ones in antique stores - very pricey!

Daryl said...

A dime? I remember a quarter a song .. lovely old juke box

Jacob said...

@ Daryl - A quarter? Well, you must be a lot younger than I am!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Cool, Jacob. Like Daryl, I remember putting quarters in the machines.

Doesn't it make you wonder what of today's stuff will be future memorabilia?

JM said...

Juke boxes are so very cool! This one is a beauty and looks so well preserved (being out of order I presume it's not new...)

You made me laugh again with your neighbour dialogue comment! :-)

Asta said...

Hi Jacob,

I remember! Those were the days!

I would buy it and get it restored. I know someone who can fix it. What a grand piece of art. Imagine to have a party and the guests is dancing to the tunes coming out of the jukebox. The ladies are wearing real ball dresses and gloves and the gentlemen are in their taxidos. Ts ts ts. The youth of today don't have any idea of how to throw a real party-:)

Best regards
Asta

Leif Hagen said...

Did you mean you put in a nickel, Jacob?

Dan J. said...

Ahhh the old Wurlitzer Juke Box. If it is a genuine Wurlitzer, this is quite a find. They were not inexpensive when they were being built..... a vintage model, still in good working condition would be worth a pretty piece of change.

Gorgeous shot. My favorite thing about these juke boxes was the bubble piping. The brown tube the curves up to the top between the two wide pearl pieces...... it would light up and bubbles would rise to the top in it.... a signature mark.

Wolynski said...

LOVE those old jukeboxes - great photo.

Kcalpesh said...

May be they should try n repair it and then sell! Might get a good price some day as an antique!

Steffe said...

These have become very popular in recent years. I know a few people who have bought jukeboxes. My barber has one on a wall in his saloon. And it is in working order and filled with the right music.

Blognote said...

Beautiful photo, like all your others.
I would like to have that Jukebox in my house!!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Remember the good old days! Cool.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

PS I gave you another award.

Tash said...

It's a beauty! Everyone loves a jukebox. My son wanted us to buy one when he was 8. I think he saw some at an old diner and then at a burger place in Disneyland.

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