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Posted: 11/17/2013 7:32:38 PM EST
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A little history on Rock-Ola.
"The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation was, along with Wurlitzer, a
top maker of jukeboxes. The company, which originally made slot
machines, scales and pinball machines, was founded in 1927 by Coin-Op
pioneer David Cullen Rockola.
Rock-Ola neon sign.
1920s, Rockola was linked with Chicago organized crime and escaped a
jail sentence by turning State's Evidence. Starting in 1935, Rock-Ola
sold more than 400,000 jukeboxes under the Rock-Ola brand name, which
predated the rock and roll era by two decades, and is thought to have
inspired the term. In 1977, The Antique Apparatus Company engineered,
refined, and manufactured the first and finest "Nostalgic" Jukeboxes.
The Antique Apparatus Company acquired the Rock-Ola Corporation and name
The company currently manufactures a variety of
jukeboxes for both commercial and home entertainment. Commercial
jukeboxes feature touch screens, Peavey power amps and digital
downloading of music and ad content, delivered by the AMI Network.
Rock-Ola continues to manufacture Nostalgic style CD-jukeboxes and has
also added state-of-the-art digital touch screen technology for the home
market. The Rock-Ola line of Nostalgic Music Centers was introduced in
2006. Two new music center models, the "Mystic" and the "Q" were
introduced in 2008.
Rockola was also the maker of shuffleboard
tables from 1948-50. Considered by collectors the Cadillac of
shuffleboards due to their Art Deco styling with curving woodwork and
lots of chrome, they are highly sought after by players.
also produced and published arcade video game machines in the early
1980s such as Fantasy with the most successful in-house game developed
Rock-Ola was also one of the producers of the M1
carbine for the US Military during WWII, making 3.7% of the 6,221,220
made. Due to both the relative rarity of Rock-Ola carbines and the
distinctive name, they are highly prized among collectors."