The Box that Rocks - Page 6

With its soaring sound and mesmerizing glow, nothing brings people together faster—even today—than a jukebox full of records

One of Gerry Parson’s Seeburgs is a 100G (pictured here), from 1953, which has better sound than its predecessors. “For the G,” Parson says, “Seeburg more than doubled the size of the selector buttons, and spread them out, and noticeably enlarged the glass dome for better viewing.”

Seeburg’s 100 series was also admired for fully exposing its advanced record-changing mechanism, the Select-o-Matic 100. “The public will thrill to watch the mechanical brain play 10-inch and 12-inch records...” Seeburg promised, and the promise was fulfilled.

With its mirrored wall and glowing plastic pillars with “a constantly changing pattern of soft lights,” in Seeburg’s words, reflecting off a central metal grille, the 100 puts on quite a show.