Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Rare Main Street U.S.A. Interiors, Pt. 2
The Penny Arcade had (and still has) a ton-o-musical-contraptions. Here’s a look at some of those Rube Goldbergs. This one is a coin operated piano made by the Nelson Wiggen Piano Company, which operated between 1922-1929. Their machines were known for being encased in high quality furniture-type cabinets.
Here’s a Welte Band Organ (just what every home needs!):
With a closeup of the nearby electricity machine; seems a little kinky to me for Main Street!
The photographer took another closer shot of the Welte—it’s almost as if he heard my request from 50 years into the future!
...and here I zoom in to learn that this machine is from 1890. Which one of the 6 tunes listed would you care to hear first?
The Welte Band Organ is still in The Penny Arcade. It appears that the paint was stripped to reveal the beautiful woodwork beneath. Definitely an improvement!
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