Wurlitzer Statesman - 11-11

We at the American Treasure Tour blog are always a little behind the times - as it should be, since it is our goal to share with you fond memories of the past.  This is why we have chosen today to honor National Jukebox Week, which was declared for the week of October 30th through November 5th, 1988, by then-President Ronald Reagan.  We like to think of today as the 25th Anniversary (plus a few days).  All to show that the jukebox has been an iconic symbol of Americana for decades, and maybe that Reagan was pretty cool when it came to mechanical means to get your music.   We at ATT would like to think he would have been impressed by our collection of nickelodeons and band organs, as well as the jukeboxes we have on display.  Of course.

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So, today we honor our very own Statesman Model 3400 jukebox by Wurlitzer, which dates back to the late-1960s, early-1970s.   Nestled in a corner of the Toy Box, the Statesman reminds us of a time after the heyday of the nickelodeon and before the inception of digital music, and a machine that can still be found in a select few diners and other venues around the country.  This machine can hold one hundred 45 rpm records, or two hundred songs.  Plenty of options to choose between.

QUESTION: 

Which manufacturer's jukebox is used for the opening credit sequence for the original series Happy Days ?

a)  Wurlitzer

b)  Rock-Ola

c)  Solotone

d)  Seeburg

e)  Rowe

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY: 

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1889 was a big year for the expanding United States - no less than four states were added to the Union, including North and South Dakota, Montana, and on this date Washington.  Washington is the only state named after a founding father, or more specifically the man described by many as the father of our country.  (You have to figure out who that is.  HINT: look at their flag.)  It offers an incredibly diverse environment, including rainforests along the Pacific Coast and snow-covered mountains - all that in Olympic National Park alone!  But it also is home to Mount Ranier and Mount St. Helens, as well as many other national and historic spots.  We here at the ATT blog love Pennsylvania because it's our home, but we may just be ready to take a road trip to Washington to honor its birthday.  If only we had some antique cars we could use to drive there....

 

November 11th might be considered an incredibly important day to many, most notably those who honor it as the day in 1918 that the "Great War" ended - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  Today, though, we are going to honor another important event that occurred on this day.  The year was 1926, and the United States Numbered Highway System was inaugurated on this day, which created the first nationally-monitored system of highway signage, maintained by the individual states.  North-south routes were typically designated with odd-numbered roads, while East-west routes received even-numbered designations.  Naturally, controversy followed efforts to re-organize the road system.  When the federal highway system was inaugurated thirty years later, the fundamentals of this system stayed intact, while larger thoroughfares were built that cut across the country.

 BIRTHS:

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Born in 1885, George Patton, the United States General who fought in Europe during World War II, could interchangeably be described as one of the most inspiring and most controversial of America's leaders during this great conflict.  He had a knack for inspiring men beaten down and exhausted to achieve remarkable successes, but also had a short temper, as manifested by an episode where he slapped two soldiers under his command. He died shortly after the end of the war, while still in Europe, in a car accident in 1945.

An American of a different breed, Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922, just in time to see enough action during World War II to become an outspoken pacifist.  A controversial author, one of his most famous works was Slaughterhouse Five , which described the fire bombing of Dresden towards the end of the war.  Vonnegut published twelve novels during his tenure as one of America's more unusual authors.

 QUOTE:

 

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. -- Kurt Vonnegut

Answer:  d)  Seeburg