Seaburg L - Monday, June 15, 2015

The American Treasure Tour, as you know by now, has on display one of the world's largest collections of nickelodeons (also known as orchestrions).  What that means is that there are machines that rarely have the opportunity to be played.  It's a little sad, but unavoidable with a collection this size.  We're here to tell you that we have very good news for lovers of Seeburg machines:  We have a new L included in the tour starting today!

Although it has been in the collection for years, we are very excited to be able to play the Seeburg L for you now.  Okay, some of you savvy blog readers may say, but you've been playing an L since you started - that's the tiny machine you have on to welcome groups into the Music Room.  Good call, savvy readers!  BUT you may not have realized that, along with the L known as the 'Liliputian,' there is another, older L out there.  And THAT is the one we're talking about today.  It's a much larger machine - towering over the heads of all but Gulliver (get it?  Liliputians?  Gulliver's Travels?  Forget it.) - and a much more rare machine.  While the later L was incredibly popular for owners of speakeasies during Prohibition, we are only aware of five or so of the earlier L.  So it's novelty, complimented by its beauty and the quality of its sound, makes it all the more of a treasure.  Come to the tour and give it a looksee.  And a listenhear, I guess.
QUESTION:  The Seeburg Company was named after its founder, J.P. Seeburg, an immigrant from Sweden.  What was his birthname before he Americanized it?
A)  Julius P Serberg
B)  Justus P Sjoberg
C)  Joffrey P Sirbergh
D)  Henry Ford
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HOLY SMOKES!  Americans tend to associate the 1930's with the economic depression that devastated the lives of many of its citizens.  Hard to blame them for this, really.  But we would like to point out that good happened then, too.  In fact, on this very day in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was designated along the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, part of the Appalachian Mountain chain.  Because of its primary location, it is the most visited national park in the country and a must-see site.  Unless you don't like natural beauty, that is.

COCONUT.  Born today in 1941, Harry Nilsson became one of the best-respected musicians of the 1960s and '70s.  Not too many people know his name today, although they almost certainly are fans of his music, and can admire the diversity of the songs he wrote and performed. From the monumental "Everybody's Talkin'" of 1969, included in the Oscar-winning Midnight Cowboy, to 1971's "Without You" and the next year's highly entertaining "Coconut," Nilsson manager to reach a broad audience.  He passed away in 1994 at the young age of 53, but his music will live on.

QUOTE:  I get nervous when they start shooting piano players. - Harry Nilsson

ANSWER:  B)  Justus P Sjoberg