A fine and rare Rock-Ola "Commando" jukebox , Type 1420 cataline version, American,  1942,
Lot 442W
A fine and rare Rock-Ola "Commando" jukebox , Type 1420 cataline version,
American, 1942,
£24,000 - 32,000
US$ 40,000 - 54,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A fine and rare Rock-Ola "Commando" jukebox , Type 1420 cataline version, American, 1942,
designed by David C Rock Ola, complete with "dial a tune" selector from twenty discs, the case decorated with various wood veneeres and illuminated cataline panels with speaker bowl at the top with revolving lights, 84 by 33 by 28in (214 by 84 by 71cm)

Footnotes

  • David C. Rockola (1897-1993), more famous as Rock-Ola, although the name is not related to Rock'n roll, it does capture the beat of popular-music played on a coin-machine and a perfect name for one of the leading producers of Jukeboxes in the mid 20th century.

    Rock-Ola entered the Jukebox business late, compared to its competitors Wurlitzer and Seeburg, and despite lacking the musical background, Rock-Ola was a dominate force in jukeboxes mostly being quite conservative in their designs. However in the 1940s Rock-Ola launched "Premier", "President" and "Commander", these jukeboxes were restricted by the lack of metal and plastic: aside from the bottom and all the panels were made of glass. The designs of these pre-war jukeboxes are considered to be among the most original and unconventional designs in jukebox history.
Activities
Contacts
  1. Lionel Willis
    Specialist - Scientific Instruments
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, SW7 1HH
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 20 7393 3804
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3873