Nickel Buys a Tune and a Phone Chat with a Girl as Well (Apr, 1941)
Nickel Buys a Tune and a Phone Chat with a Girl as Well
COIN PHONOGRAPHS, or “juke boxes,” widely used in taverns and restaurants, now are sometimes installed in a new form. Operated by telephone from central offices, they permit a selection of 300 or more tunes, as opposed to the 12 or 20 available on ordinary coin phonographs. Girl operators, chosen for their pleasing voices and ready wit, make wisecracks and occasionally sing with the records. When the customer places a nickel in the slot, a light flashes on the operator’s board at the central office. The customer, speaking through a microphone, then gives the number of the record he desires played, and the operator selects the disk from a rack and slips it on a phonograph turntable. Each operator cares for ten turntables, representing as many different “juke boxes.” By putting additional coins in the slot, a customer can have his selected tune dedicated to anyone in the room or in some other place with a similar machine.