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“Jukeboxes”, Neal Cobb

May 11 @ 7:00 pm


Description: By the 1930’s the profitability and popularity of the “Juke” box was well established and mass production was underway by companies such as Wurlitzer, Mills, Seeburg, Rock-Ola and AMI in the USA. Jupiter in France, Chantal and Ditchburnin in England.

The big attraction of the of these juke boxes is the bodywork, with its translucent plastic, chromium moldings, garish revolving color panels and the famous Wurlitzer “Bubble Tubes”.

But there was plenty of inventiveness in the “works” too, as manufacturers competed to produce the most striking and beautiful machines with better tone, greater reliability, and a larger number of selections.

Over a hundred different models were built between 1935 and 1950, the golden age of the “Jukebox”.

Neal Cobb was born in Reno in 1939. As an adult worked in the family business Modern Photo. Worked at KNEV-FM 95.5, Dec 25 1953 – 1980 which was Nevada’s first “Successful” FM station.

Neal served four years with the U.S. Navy as Radioman, later as a craps dealer at Harolds Club, eight years on Board of Adjustment Washoe County, eight years Washoe County Planning Commission, eleven years City of Reno Historical Resources Commission, and recognized author of two books “Reno Now and Then”, books 1 and II, and as an integral part of the Nevada Historical Society since 1988.

Doors open at 6:30, Lecture starts at 7pm
Ticket Cost: $10
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May 11
7:00 pm
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Steven Saylor
(775) 813-8935
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