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House of Wurlitzer: 1939

House of Wurlitzer: 1939

      "And on this latest model, they've removed the headphone jack."

San Francisco, 1939. "William Corcoran showroom, Post Street." Distributor of Wurlitzer Simplex jukeboxes as well as the Buckley Music System "Music Box," the mobile version being presented here for appraisal. 8x10 acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

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1157 Post Street

William Corcoran was a well-known seller of Wurlitzer Simplex Phonographs.

How it appears now:

Back in the day:

In Living Color

Don't have the whole thing in color but here's one of the units on the far right. Much more colorful than you could ever imagine from the B&W photo.

Missing something

Imagine how wonderful this image would be in glorious Kodachrome.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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