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You are bidding on a spectacular 1950 CHICAGO COIN BAND BOX MODEL #50-100!



This is an exquisite example of this rare and sought after collectible. This unit was produced in 1950, the first year of production. It is the most ornate and well built of all the band box models produced. Rarely is an example discovered in such fine original condition. All the manikins work flawlessly, are complete, and have aged extremely well in the last 55 years. The back artwork is original, as is the back door. It is very difficult to find a complete, unmodified Band Box such as this. Look closely at the pictures and see the pristine condition of the marquees, instruments, side moulding, band podiums, curtain, etc ­ the unit is quite simply a stunning example of this fun and attractive collectible. With even poor condition models becoming increasingly difficult to find, this is truly a unique opportunity to own an original, well preserved piece of "Americana".

All wiring is intact and in good condition.

Unit is 100% functional.

Unit will operate with a Jukebox, or may be switched on manually!

Back door mounts, hinges, latch - are all original and functional!

History

The Chicago Coin Band Box, was produced from 1950 to 1952. Play a song on the jukebox and the curtains open and the animated manikin musicians play a tune by the "world's smallest band", aka "Strike up the band". The Chicago Coin bandbox usually accompanied a jukebox and could work in unison with it. It was advertised as "A Speaker That Looks Like An Orchestra - The World's Smallest Band." The following is original text from the Chicago Coin's Bandbox¹s promotional material:

"A speaker for any juke box or hideaway* that makes any location a standout. Whole families travel miles to hear and see it play. Lifelike motion of musicians playing their instruments and swaying to the music intrigues the public. (Puts more money in your juke box -- increases bar business.)"

The unit is an extension speaker for a juke box as well as an entertaining animated novelty. The Chicago Coin Bandbox is a small stage with a curved front. The unit is two and a half feet high by four feet wide, by two feet deep and weighs about eighty pounds. When used with a jukebox, a switch closure causes the bandbox's lights to go on and the curtains to draw back revealing a dance band of seven players with their instruments, as soon as the jukebox begins playing. They move as if playing until the end of the music. The figures were made of sponge rubber and decay over the years. These figures are in excellent condition. There is some question about the number of figures in the band box. The stage has a miniature dummy microphone and some restorations have a 'singer'. Chicago Coin never did produce a singer, all units with a singer are modified from original.



Introducing...

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST BAND!!!








The NBC microphone...




The detailed siding...







The back door with original artwork...

and perfectly working back door latch...


The view from backstage...



The original serial number...



The included speaker...





Click HERE tot see a very short movie of the band box!!
(movie file type is .avi)

Buyer pays all shipping and packing costs and makes all shipping arrangements (we will assist).
We recommend North American Van Lines if the unit is to be shipped.

We accept: Visa/Mastercard, Money Order, Cash, Wire Transfer, Personal Check.

Note the unit will not be released until funds have completely cleared. We are Money Order/Cashier Check ³Scam Sensitive² and take extra precautions to ensure validity and forward all suspicious activity to authorities.


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