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10-The Perkins Journal Thursday, October 27, 1977 66 The Victory" a war me 00tel IVur fitzer sits in the Osborn living room was brand new and had 1953 had two tray stacks with popularity in 1959. , By LaVeta Randall interest in stereos and juke the "junkies." Around 1970, never been uncrated. 26 records each. These cost a Wurlitzer quit ' Records and record boxes. As a result, they when she disposed of these, "I got to bring it home in dime to play. This. was also. boxes in April, players have always been my attended an auction at J.C. Oren was able to buy his first the crate. It's the only 'new' during the period whmh Background music was hobby and pasttime. I had a Cramer',s apartments. The juke boz. speaker I know of", the determined which would rule couraged in many secret desire to find an old Cramer s had formerly oper- Also by this time, Oren enthusiastic collector said. king--the 78 RPMs or new businesses. The corner juke box. I thought that ateda juke box route in had met Bob Rend at OSU The matching machine, 45s. shop and hamburger j#t would be neat," said Oren Bristow until the mid 1950s. who was a juke-box fanatic, model 1015, was the first The Seeburg machine was disappearing. NeighS' hood taverns were closi Osborn of Stiliwater. After Oren and Linda were married she shared his Mrs. Cramer, a widow then, had gotten rid of all the current machines and kept BEWITCHING SAVINGS.* ! .* Sunmark Cool Mist Humidifier Ros. Is" 11 '9 Therogran-M Multiple Vitamins 150's Reg. 6 Is 89 McKesson Aspirin Tablets 250's R... I" 72' Scotch Transparent Tope e.g. as' 37' Tickle Deodorant S|S 2 u Gaviscon Foamtabs 100's Reg. 3" 2 99 FgF Cough Drops Reg. 15' Hair Brushes R,. 1" 85' Emergency Night Number 547.5069 Perkins Day Phone. 547-2079 I I I Ill l I II I too. Reno already owned several machines and was in the market for more. Through the friendship which developed, Reno was instrumental in making Oren aware of other machines which were available. Theproject grew from this encounter. Most finds were stored in warehouses simply because they were too heavy and too difficult to get rid of. At present, the Osborns own 12 Wurlitzer juke boxes. The machines with their different styles and colorful lightings are all functional. A room was added to the Osborn home to accomodate the growing hobby. How. ever, "The Victory", a war model without a number has a prominent place in the living room with its antique decor. The second World War had cut off the production of the prior model number 950. "The Victory" was built as a cabinet only without any mechanical parts. It was designed to use parts from other Wurlitzer machines. The only metal in "The Victory", due to the short- age, was the "wood screw". Even the coin slides and all adaptable parts were wood. Older mechanisms from other machines were instal- led in the Victory model from 1943 to 1945. The Osborn's son, Tony, has his own juke box programmed with records suitable to a nine year old. The machine which stands in the child's room represents the very last of the "swing tray" mechanism. "This change in mechanical im- provements was the very last with 48 record selections," Orcn stated. Tina, the four year old daughter of the Osborns, witl also have her own juke boz. It is now in the process of being restored. The couple's bedroom has a machine of its own which was built the same year as the war model. That year three or four models were made for use in bars. There were gaudy models as well as a Pristine model to represent a period or adapt to a more elite surrounding. The "juke Box" display in the special room houses six machines and a very special ball room speaker. The speaker, a prize collector's item, was located in Omaha, Neb. After all these years, it I Ill - III II Logan Ford i mmy! has '78 Fords , ,a ws FORD T-BIilD, midt eoaditioa, black-white, mm.d. in Stock 74 MERCURY COUGAR, /  black, local, |ully loaded, new tires. '73 LINCOLN CON- TINENTAL, Town Car, 'lis and L.o. ow plush, very good, Come mint 00Pri MERCURY CAPRI, red, peed, air, aew tim, rm ces in ,o ,o - ,.... Now oaly tSlN. ' CHEVY VEGA, red, low Used Cars /o PONTIAC CATALINA, 4 dr., very good conditim, must and drive. '70 LTD BROUGH.Ul, 4 dr., tully losdl indJnS air ,rid power, offichd Fard Factlry ear, sold new fol ovw ,N0, now only IIIIM. '72 PONTIAC VENTURA, 2 dr., reconditioned, eomphRMy new paint, r 6 cyl. $1496. :'77 FORD MAVERICK, 4 dr., ord was the only la'evious wner, must see. Save $1500. '.76 FORD ELrrE, will be a collector's item, beautiful green, fully loaded, new over 600. Now only 49. '7 FORD MAVERICK, Ford Lease Car, 4 dr. economy special, now only $3896. '76 GRAN TORINO, 2 dr. tldtop, light blue with white vinyl top, only 13,000 miles.  Absolutely like new. Save Brouglmm, power rote & IU Open8:ooNites Till .t 1024 N. Little 918-225-2131 Here Osborn is shown in the display room with the juke box built in matching decor for the ballroom The ballroom speaker is a prize collector's item. The new "old speaker" was found in Omaha, Neb., still in its crate. model made after WW II in 1946 and '47. Approximately 56,000 came off the assembly line those.two years." Another machine, a 1940 model, remains functional just as Osborn found it. "This one has a permit which shows it was last used in 1956," and was obtained from a fellow collector in Waco. The third machine here was produced in 1940. The colonial model with grill cloth which is the original silk screen paint on cloth has one of the most ornate cabinets produced by any company. The three other juke boxes in the display room denote changes in record selections. "The old machines up to 1948 played only one side of the record and held 24 selections," the juke box expert commented. "After the war, Wurlitzer's major competitor, Seeburg, made a 100 selection machine with 50 records to play on both sides." In 1949, Wurlitzer was caught with their pants down--only 24 records. They had a little catching up to do! Their first attempt was to arrange for 24 records to be played with two adaptable arms--which gave them problems. Their competitor was killing them on the market," Osborn added, indicating the juke box which is programmed for oe.ly Elvis Presley numbers. Any performer who has taken in the nickels Elvis has, Oren feels he is entitled to a machine all his own. The collector has a selection of Elvis albums which are mainly hits of the period around 1950. The next machine that Wurlitzer came up with in would only play 45s. The Wurlitzer would mix 78s and 45s. But it was a dismal failurel It was too complex. The sixth machine on show is designed to play 45s. It is a 1945 Carousel mechanism. The 78s died in 1958 as far as in_lip, b_qx.s, were concerned. The Stereo came into and prime location for boxes went with them. The Osborn's home trip through the juke period which is refreshing and enlighteni for music lovers and a trilt to the Osborns, in particular' A FIVE GENERATION SETTING -- Left to right, standing, Mrs. Bert Dodson, Rowena Dodson Chase . Sitting, left to right, Mrs. Dodson's mother, Bertie Tarlton, infant Amber Brooks Turner and her mother, Dana Lea Chase Turner. The baby was born Sept. 8, 1977 on Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dodson's 43rd Wedding Anniversary and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nolan Chase'S 24th Wedding Anniversary. Amber's parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Turner, who live in Enid and is their first child. % P.T Band Carnival Sat. Oct. 29 at Middle School P.E. Center. Perkins Food Concessions Open at 6 P.M. Carnival Tickets go on sale at 6:30 Carnival Doors Open at 7 p.m. ,  Follies /, -e This'1949 model plays Elvis Records only, "Anyone %.(. ,O COO WmhaOchbiro:g) in tS.nm ran ,y  iCbkoe s afs h:. didliSme:cttil:ds tOra " ' 7 O" Wurlitzers. Fish pen , 000o' .. ,, , . ,, boo# Fun For All Ages Come One . Come All to the Ca Oren Osborn points to the coil slide, originally made of wood, which accepted nickels for "The Victory" a WWll model. All Proceeds are used exclusively to benefit .- the Perkins.Tryon Band