1942 Wurlitzer Model 42-500 Victory Jukebox From St. Louis All Original W.w.ii
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1942 Wurlitzer Model 42-500 Victory Jukebox From St. Louis All Original W.w.ii:
Have Fun with this JukeboxRestoration Project... mostly cosmetic - imagine polishing and tuning her up!!
Our family has cared for and protected this Wurlitzer 1942 Victory Jukebox with 78 rpm records Serial # 224297 for 67 years – more on that soon.
The creation of our Victory model appears to be rebuilt and designed from a Model 500 Wurlitzer from 1938-39 – this assumption is based on the matching mechanical record selector from the 500 Model - which fit perfectly into the new Fuller designed Victory chassis.
The Victory Model – nicknamed “The Coffin” was obviously never liked – just not as pretty or fun as its predecessor. But the United States was at war and a large part of the Wurlitzer plant was taken over to produce war materials, some metals and plastics usages were greatly curtailed. Hence, the Victory Model ended up relying heavily on wood and glass.
Our family jukebox was last used commercially in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946 (note in the window – you can see its $1.00 St. Louis Sales Tax decal for 1946). The story of its arrival into our family has been passed on by Joe Gegg, our Great Uncle, who repaired various small mechanical machineries. This jukebox was kept in repair and playing at the bar by Joe all during the war (rumor was by others in the family that Joe would work for beer). After the war, the Victory jukebox at Joe’s watering hole - bar was to be replaced with a newer Model 1015 – The Bubbler!
Joe was told to pitch the ugly Victory Jukebox into the alley and make room for the new jukebox! Instead, Joe asked if he could have it. The bar owner didn’t care and so Joe brought the jukebox home as a surprise for his younger sister, Juanita, who had polio as a toddler and still walked with an odd gait. The family used the jukebox for dances in their rural farm home which is still standing in Kauffman, Missouri – now a bed and breakfast.
So it has been in our family ever since it was shunted out the bar back door. When not in use the jukebox was always covered with a heavy vinyl-like table cloth (called an oil-cloth). While visiting the homestead decades ago – my curiosity of the large draped item – led me to left up a corner flap and I came face-to-face with the “jester” on the mirror.
Except for Joe’s work to keep it running - this is a completely un-restored straight from the bar original jukebox. Of interest and rarity is that – its mirror painted coloring is not the typical deep blue accents – but an olive green – throughout. This is the original color – it is not faded blue – remember it has been kept out of light and covered most of its life. Also, back panel gone - which covers the inner workings. I have never seen it with the back panel(s). Jukebox comes without it. Ithas top back panel as seen in image with serial number on it.
The glass of the woman, however, is currently blue (and I suspect this was a repair from the time of its bar period – bits of the woman in green paint on glass fragments were found inside the floor of the juke box – these broken small pieces will be included in the sale). Some of the tiny side mirrors have popped off over time – those are in an envelope. Also, I have the little metal tags with the original record names and artistthat go in the front window slots for the new owner too. And all the 78 rpm records too!
This jukeboxwas played regularly up until the 1960's. Then the family moved out of the home and only came out in the summer for the occasional picnic. They just stopped using it. When plugged in it does come on – but we have not tried to clean or use it - for fear of damaging it. We have enjoyed having the jukebox merely as a conversation piece in our home for the last 17-years,that was when Juanita passed it on. However, with 2- kids in college and they have iPods for music and no interest - it would be nice for our family jukebox to find someone who wants to restore this machine to its glory and enjoy it to its fullest potential.
If you want more images or have questions, let me know. I have had a few offers and decided to just put it up on . Buy it now or make me an offer.
Item is sold - as is with no warranty. Please refer to photos and ask all questions prior to offerding. Free local pick-up (Greentop, Missouri) or shipping will be buyer's expense. Call me on my cell phone if you have questions about the item, shipping, etc. 660.988.8064 Jason Haxton
About the Victory Model Jukebox
In 1941, the U.S. government mandated that the Wurlitzer factories be used to produce war-related materials. The use of metal and plastics were also severely restricted during this period. Wurlitzer responded to these obstacles by releasing several now-legendary models including the 42-Victory and the 950, which relied heavily on wood and glass.
At the end of the war, in 1946, sales of the Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox went off with a bang.
In 1942, with the world at war, Wurlitzer had several challenges: a large part of the plant was taken over to produce war materials, some metals and plastics usages were greatly curtailed, a goodly number of personnel were serving in the military, AND the product demand remained high due to the increased number of military outposts. One of the best morale boosters was a "blaring jukebox in every Officer’s, NCO, and Enlisted Clubs, wherever they were."
Wurlitzer met these challenges by producing the Model 42 "Victory." Fuller created a design of wood that was still colorful and preserved the arch image. These models were shipped wherever new areas were liberated, Pacific Island by Island, Europe, Africa, and anyplace that our service people were established. This certainly helped Wurlitzer establish and maintain a post-war presence world-wide.