The first nickelodeons produced in the United States were introduced in 1897. From then through the 1920's, thousands of them were produced in varying levels of quality. As technology advanced in radio and the recorded music industries, their popularity waned and production ceased almost entirely by the Great Depression. Thousands of the machines had been constructed, though. Beautiful though they are, they do require an investment of time and space to ensure they operate and are properly maintained. It was not unusual for owners of unwanted or nonfunctioning machines to remove their stained glass and destroy the machine.
The American Treasure Tour has a number of examples of the surviving stained glass off of lost machines displayed along the windowed wall of our Music Room.