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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9 comments:

Connie Moreno said...

Great post! I am going to the Park on Thursday and the FIRST thing I am going to do is put some coins into that music machine!

outsidetheberm said...

Wow - what a great day for close up / interior shots. Guess we'll be going back and forth between you and Matterhorn.

Thanks!

Davelandweb said...

Connie - I will be following up next Tuesday!

Major Pepperidge said...

Those are some great interiors, and those music machines are supere cool.

Chris Merritt said...

Hey Dave! You might be interested to know that Bud Hurlbut brokered the deal selling all those musical machines from a friend of his to Walt Disney - the details are in the "E" Ticket we did with Bud's interview... Bud talks about the Welte in particular. Great pics

Davelandweb said...

Thanks Chris - always cool to know details like that.

Anonymous said...

Wow, great pics of the penny arcade.

On high school visits, I could hold that electric shocker game right through to the maximum. I never told anyone that past about 7/8, you can't let go if you want to.

Thanks Dave.

JG (No profile today)

Davelandweb said...

There's still some kind of electric contraption there today, but I don't believe it has the same juice as what you used!

Katella Gate said...

The word of the day is "Apotheosis".

Few are more richly deserving than the Sherman Bros.