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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Wurlitzer jukebox, 1946Wurlitzer jukebox, 1946

In 1970 the Smithsonian contacted the Wurlitzer Company for help in locating a vintage jukebox for a new exhibition on American popular music. The Roth Novelty Company, a Wurlitzer distributor, came up with this restored Model 1015, known as "The Bubbler." A big hit with museum visitors, the colorful music machine was also a staff favorite. When the jukebox first arrived, fully stocked with 78-rpm records, eager employees lined up to put in their nickels and play their favorite songs.

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