Last Saturday, Brian sent me a photo of a jukebox, he was at an arcade auction. The photo was of a jukebox (not on, so no lights) and it was super beat up! He knows I've been wanting a jukebox for awhile now, and he has a good friend who knows EVERYTHING about jukeboxes. He text his friend the same photo-his friend said GET IT!
The photo he sent me did NOT do that jukebox justice (and honestly neither does this one) it's beautiful! Even all beat up! It's a 1954 Wurlitzer! The first jukebox to have a record carousel.
I loved it right away!
Then a few nights later, Brian and I drove out to this fellow's house who restores everything from pinballs to jukeboxes! Arcade Antiques is his company. The man lives in a wonderland of nostalgic toys! It was completely amazing! I didn't want to leave haha! I want to grow up and be him! hahaha
He showed us his 1954 Wurlitzer Jukebox, which he restored to perfection (above). It was in his bedroom haha and it played beautifully! It was then Brian gave him the go ahead to fix ours up!
Jim (that's the wonderland fellow's name) took us around his home. All I could say was, "Oh my!" All his jukeboxes were completely perfect! He played them all for us! He had jukeboxes everywhere!
He had a bunch is a work shop, very beat up, but still so beautiful!
He had cocacola stuff, old coin-op space ship rides for kids, old gas pumps, scales that tell your fortune and your weight - I want one!, soda machines, old registers, and about 194599589 jukeboxes! :)
Then he had the cream of the chop!
Look at this 1947 Wurlitzer jukebox (both photos above and below)! 1947!!!
And it's 100% perfect! The man is a wizard!
Look at how things use to be made! So much detail and beauty!
The term "jukebox" came into use in the United States around 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage "juke joint", derived from the Gullah word "juke" or "joog" meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked.
Hahaha Sounds good to me! Every Strumpet needs a rowdy, wicked music box ;)
Here is our Coin Op Love Flickr set, I added Jim's treasures to it so you can take a peek!Pin It