jukebox owners subscribe to one or more jukebox periodicals, finding
them an invaluable source for parts, records, advice and new additions
to their collection. They also usually end up purchasing various
books on the subject ranging from identification guides to the
general history of jukeboxes.
For the individual considering purchasing a jukebox (via the
classifieds or an another source), I strongly suggest subscribing
to a Jukebox periodical. It will more than likely save you from
paying too much, and will likely be required after your purchase,
once you discover the need for records, parts, etc. The following
are a listing of major periodicals and books on Jukeboxes. An
"editorial" comment has be included which is solely
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Most jukebox collectors (USA Based) subscribe to
either Always Jukin' or Jukebox Collector
... many subscribe to BOTH. Since I am "US Based" I
do not subscribe to the European Publications, so I cannot provide
comments on them.
Published monthly in a newspaper
(11" x 17") format. A jukebox publication that features
pictures, stories, show reports, new products, technical tips,
coming events, want ads, hundreds of jukeboxes for sale, parts
ads, services ads, record ads and numerous display advertisements.Subscribers
in 25 countries. Yearly subscription $36 USD, Foreign Subscriptions
and First Class/Airmail Postage is Available at a higher rate.
They Take VISA and Mastercard for Payment.
Address: Always Jukin', 1952 1st Ave S. #6, Seattle, Washington,
Publisher: Mike Baute Phone: (206) 652-4005 FAX:
Website: Always Jukin EMAIL:
Monthly Magazine Style publication (8.5" x 11") which
usually has a gloss, color cover. A jukebox magazine that includes
feature articles, a recent Market Summary (listed prices of Jukeboxes
over last few months), Display ads for shows, parts, services,
records, Classified Want and For Sale Ads for Jukeboxes etc and
sells books, manuals and miscellaneous Jukebox related items.
. Yearly Subscription is approximately 30+ USD and Foreign Subscriptions
available. Payment by Check, VISA and Mastercard.
Address: 2545 S.E. 60th Court, Des Moines, Indiana, 50317,
Publisher: Rick Botts Phone: USA (515) 265-8324
FAX: (515) 265-1980 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Coin Drop International
A newspaper style
publication, published 6 times a year which covers coin-operated
machine collections. Its primary focus is slot machines, though
pinballs, jukeboxes and other arcade machines are featured. Most
display ads are for slot machines and parts, but has many display
ads for upcoming shows (which always feature jukeboxes). The yearly
subscription is approximately 16 USD and foreign orders are available.
Payment is accepted by check, money order, VISA and Mastercard.
Address: 5815 West 52nd Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80212, USA
Publisher: Rosanna Harris
Phone: (303) 431-9266 FAX (303) 431-6978
A monthly magazine
that covers the field of Pinballs, Jukeboxes, Slot Machines, Soda
Machines, Arcade, Classic Arcade, Video and in General ... the
Coin-Op collecting hobby. The yearly subscription is 30 USD and
foreign subscriptions are available. For faster delivery, the
magazine can be sent by First Class, Priority or Express Mail
for an additional charge. Payment by check, money order, or VISA,
Mastercard or American Express.
Address: PO Box 41, Keyport, New Jersey, 07735-0041, USA
Phone: (732) 739-1955 FAX (732) 739-2834 EMAIL
Antique Amusement, Slot
Machine & Jukebox Gazette
A semi-annual newspaper for jukebox,
slot machine and gameroom enthusiasts.
Contains articles, color photos, and advertisements. Subscription:
a year. Sample $10. You will find this at all the big USA shows,
lots of advertisements of upcoming coin-op shows.
Publisher: Ken Durham
Address: GameRoomAntiques 909 26 Street NW, Washington
DC 20037 USA.
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Jukebox News (UK)
A UK Based Newsletter issued 11 times a year (Sept/Oct Issue in
end-Sept). Features the "Juke Nurse with the Hot Tips",
What's On and Where, Jukin' Basics, For Sale & Wanted Ads
and Subscriber Specials. Subscription Rates are 12 UKPD per Year
in UK, 16 UKPD in Europe and 18 UKPD Outside of Europe. Address:
The Jukebox Man, Unit 19 Monks Way, Lincoln LN2 5LN, England.
Phone: 01522 513083, FAX: 01522 560167 or EMAIL:
De Jukebox Fanaat (Netherlands)
publication of the Dutch Jukebox club which has over 7000 members.
The publication is issued eight times a year and contains articles
on exhibitions, technical information and "classifieds"
which are free to members. Address: Frits & Ernst Aalders,
Eikenburglaan2, 5248 BK Rosmalen, Netherlands. Phone: 31-073-521
3394 or FAX: 31-073-521 2322 for further information.
Don't forget to check your phonebook for the proper international
Jukebox FanZine (Belgium)
A Belgian Jukebox publication which also features some other coin-ops.
for further information.
The club publication of the German Juke-Joint, which has about
500 members. The Publication is issued 4 times a year, contains
articles on exhibitions, technical tips and general information
on jukeboxes. Address: Bernhard Vaillant, Buschkrugallee 32, D-12359,
Berlin, Germany Phone 49-30-684-4567. Homepage,
forget to check your phonebook for the proper international dialing
The Jukin 50's (Germany)
Another German Jukebox publication, contact Burkhard Peetz at
FAX 02381 540 250. Don't forget to check your phonebook
for the proper international dialing codes.
Jukebox Reference Books
The following are a listing and description of Jukebox related
books. All of them I have in my personal collection, but they
represent most (90%) that have been published. Not all of the
books are still in print, but generally can still be found via
Major jukebox publications or Internet Vendors.
This "class" of books is perhaps the most
valuable and frequently purchased. They focus on providing pictures
and information on the various jukebox produced. Although you
may think purchasing more than one identification guide is redundant,
none of the guides are all inclusive. I will attempt to highlight
the differences in the comments.
The Jukebox Bluebook
softcover compact (4 1/2" x 9") guide is perfect for
taking to shows and when searching for jukeboxes. The 2nd Edition
was published in 1993, Edited by Ben C. Humphries and has 130
pages, all pictures are black and white. This guide covers most
USA jukebox models from all manufacturers from the 1930's-60's.
In addition to photos of the jukebox, the model/name is included
along with the year of manufacture, number of selections and the
record speed. Many items of remote equipment (wallboxes, speakers)
are also pictured. A small technical section shows the Amp, Stepper
and Cabinet key models for each major model. A general jukebox
history is included along with specific histories for each manufacturer.
A price guide and information of grading jukebox condition is
included. The author of this website provided the jukebox
The Ultimate Jukebox Guide
full-size guide (8.25" x 11.75") was published in the
UK in 1994, contains 138 pages and was authored by Ian Brown,
Nigel Hutchins and Gerry Mizera. Similar to the Jukebox Bluebook,
it has black and white pictures of most Jukeboxes along with basic
specifications, though does not cover remote equipment. It differs
in that it covers the time period from 1927-1974 AND includes
jukeboxes manufactured in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy,
Switzerland and the UK, as well as those from the USA. An extensive
section on Jukebox Serial numbers and production figures are included,
by the author of this website.
Always Jukin' Official Guide
to Collectible Jukeboxes
This softcover full-size
guide (8.5" x 11") was published by Always Jukin' (Mike
Baute) and the 128 pages covers the same basic information as
the "Bluebook" and "Ultimate Guide" (e.g.
Pictures, basic specs, year). Its difference lies in its editorial
slant. The introductions to each manufacture talk about the changes
in the machines, and how it effects collectibility. There are
also comments on sound quality, maintainability etc.both as it
relates to manufacturers as well as specific models. A price guide
is inserted, which is available free as an annual update. At the
back of the guide are 35 pages of detailed information on select
jukeboxes, primarily those which are popular and collectible.
As with the other guides, the author of this website provided
the jukebox production figures.
full-size book (9" x 11.75"), was published 1991 in
Belgium by Ger Rosendahl and Luc Wildschut and encompasses 187
pages. It is a difficult book to categorize, being a jukebox guide,
history and "coffee table" book all at the same time.
Unlike the other guides, it does not attempt to show pictures
of ALL jukeboxes, restricting itself to primarily 1940's and 50's
machines but not restricting itself to just USA manufacturers.
The pictures it does provide are mostly color, and more specifications
(i.e. size) are included than other books. In the back it includes
a complete listing (to 1988) of all Jukeboxes produced for ALL
Countries ... this listing is the most complete I have seen published.
Overall, it is a really nice book, and I find myself referring
to it often.
The only guides in publication that focus on a specific manufacturer
are those published by AMR and authored by Frank Adams, Ph.D.
As with the Manuals published by AMR
(Now Owned by Victory Glass), all are full size (8.5" x 11"),
spiral bound, printed on heavy gloss stock and with plastic laminated
covers. All of these books follow the same basic format, a historical
introduction, followed by chronological printing (Black and White)
of original Jukebox sales brochures (or pictures if no brochures
available). There is a very limited amount of original text included.
But inter-dispersed are "period" articles and ads from
publications such as "Cash Box" and "BillBoard"
which give the sense of walking through history. Since reproduction
of brochures are used, the information provided is close to the
maximum that is known, (i.e. detailed specifications, complete
listings of options and accessories e.g. speakers, wallboxes etc).
These are the most complete books in print, but by no means are complete as they are limited by the availability
of brochures to the author. All are highly recommended as a "must
Rowe/AMI Jukeboxes 1927-1988 Published in 1988,
Published in 1988, 178 Pages
Seeburg Jukeboxes 1927-1989,
Published in 1989, 149 Pages
Published in 1984, 222 Pages
Wurlitzer GmB Jukeboxes,
1974-1984, Published in 1984, 162 Pages. Includes some color photos
for GmB jukes along with the early 1940 Wurlitzer Models
and Innovative American Jukeboxes, 1900-1990, Published in
1992, 182 Pages. Covers Mills, Ristaucrat, Chicago Coin, Williams,
United, Cameron, Evans, Aireon, Filben., Challenger, Sweet "16", , Exhibit,
Dancing Jukes, Phonovision, Cameron, Penny Photo, RCA Victor,
Link, Mel-O-Tone, Kalamazoo, Autophone, Multiphone, Regina, Century
2001, and many others.
Dr. Know It All Reference Guides
These reference books represent a 12 Year Collection of Harold
Hagens (Dr Know it All) Tech Hints, Reader Questions &
Answers as published in Alway Jukin. These Books are available
on the Internet from Alway's
it All Wurlitzer Reference: 29 Feature Articles, 175
Pages, Photos, Cross Reference Charts.
Dr. Know it All Rock-Ola Reference:15 Feature
Articles, 100 Pages, Photos, Ready Reference Charts.
Know it All Seeburg Reference: Tech
Hints, Reader Questions & Answers, 22 Feature Articles, 200
pages, Photos, Cross reference Charts.
The Complete Identification
Guide to the Wurlitzer Jukebox
114 page softcover guide to Wurlitzer Jukeboxes was published
in 1990 and authored by Rick Botts (of the Jukebox Collector).
It contains a table listing of all major jukeboxes models from
1933-1990, year of shipment, number of selections, dimensions
and weight, amp number and miscellaneous comments. Each major
model is shown in a full-page black and white pictures. Model
variations (such as different trims or number of selections) are
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These books focus on the evolution of jukeboxes design,
popularity and their manufacture and marketing rather than being
Jukebox Saturday Night
book (9.5" x 13.25"), written by J. Krivine, was published
in the UK probably in the early 1980's and is 166 pages. It has
been available in both Hardcover and Softcover but now is out
of print. It is even still listed by Amazon.Com, the Internet
Book seller, though they do not promise they can find it. It generally
still can be found for sale by Jukebox Publications, though the
copies are fast running out. It is both the first and the best
"history" book on Jukeboxes and is filled with pictures
(B&W and Color) of not only jukeboxes, but people, location
photos etc. It gives a good sense of the evolution of the Jukebox
and the market dynamics that drove the process. If you can find
a copy, it is a Must Have.
Vintage Jukeboxes - The
Hall of Fame
book (8.75" x 11.25") first published in the UK in 1988,
authored by Christopher Pearce. It contains 127 pages of photos
(color and B&W) and text and chronicles jukebox development
from the 1930's until the early 1960's ... when the Jukebox "died"
... "perhaps the Jukebox died the day Wurlitzer covered the
mechanism over". An interesting books with lots of great
pictures, especially of Wurlitzer's post-WWII Johnny-One-Note
"Coffee - Table"
Three "Coffee-Table" books are listed here,
for this categorization, the books primarily revolve around high-quality
color photographs of Jukeboxes.
Another book by Christopher
Pearce. This oversized hardcover (9.375" x 12") has
128 pages of brilliant pictures of jukeboxes. The entire theme
of the book revolves around jukeboxes (and their advertising)
as an art form by a combination of text and photos. Rather than
address jukeboxes from a straight historical perspective, the
evolution of the designs are connected to the cultural evolution
of the time period. A nice book to have.
Jukebox - The Golden Age
This compact (7.75"
x 8.25") hardcover book, by Vincent Lynch, was published
in 1981. It shows a series high quality color photographs of fully
restored jukeboxes, speakers and wallboxes from 1937-1948. The
book is 110 pages and is "heavy" on full-page pictures
and light on text. If you want to see the best of the best, this
is the book. This book is out of print.
American Jukebox - The Classic
hardcover book (9" x 10.25") by Vincent Lynch, published
in 1990 and is 110 pages. It primarily contains color photographs
of fully restored jukeboxes taken in a studio settings. It shares
many photos that are contained in "Jukebox- The Golden Age".
The publisher is currently out of stock, but it remains available
via secondary outlets.
The Jukebox and Me
(5.5" x 8.5")softcover book was published in 1995 and
authored by Robert Wesley Dean. It contains 336 pages of "Wes's"
life operating and maintaining jukeboxes since 1942. It is both
amusing and informative containing, at times, extremely technical
information, presented in layman's terms and contains a host of
stories of Wes' life as a Jukebox Operator. It may only be enjoyed
by a true Jukebox enthusiast, when you are ready, buy and read
this one! To quote Wes: "It has been a distinct pleasure
for me to commit my idiocy to the written word ..."
Homer E. Capehart - A Senator's
This is a
243 page biography of Senator Homer E. Capehart of Indiana. This
hardcover book (6.5" x 9.5") was published in 1990.
Homer is best known among Jukebox enthusiasts as the driving force
behind the popularity of jukeboxes. He was the "P.T. Barnum"
of the jukebox field and his creative selling and marketing skills
made Wurlitzer Famous and himself a millionaire. During his life
he was associated with Jukebox manufacturers of Holcomb and Hoke,
Capehart, Wurlitzer and Packard.