Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Happy Birthday, Jukebox! You've Come a Long Way
According to The Writer's Almanac, from American Public Radio and Garrison Keillor, "It was on this day in 1889 the Jukebox made its debut at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. It was called a 'nickel-in-the-slot player' and consisted of an Edison Class M Electric Phonograph inside a free-standing oak cabinet to which were attached four stethoscope-like tubes. Each tube could be activated by depositing a coin so that four people could listen to a single recording at one time."