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Published on Jun 27, 2011
The Packard Manufacturing Co was formed by Homer Earl Capehart in 1932. In 1940, it began producing the "butler" wallbox which started as a chrome version between 1940-1942.
During World War II from 1943 till early 1946, and due to metal and other material shortages, the US government ordered jukebox factories to cease production and concentrate resources on the manufacture of war related products.
After the war, in 1946, Packard produced the satin version "butler" wallbox and three 24-selection jukebox models: The Pla-Mor Hideaway, Model 7 & Manhattan. By 1949, after Seeburg took over the jukebox market with its 100-selection model, Packard could no longer compete and was reduced to selling wallboxes only. In 1950 Packard declared bankruptcy. The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company purchased all of Packard's assets in 1951 and did not continue production of Packard models.
The wallbox in the video has a tag identification as Serial Number 85930 and a manufacturing date of June 17, 1946. Funny thing that the rejected nickle is dated 60 years later (2006 P).
And yes, the wallbox is connected to an adapter and is really playing songs from the iPod Nano 3rd generation. We added real mechanism selection sounds before the first song using a program called Audacity (the first song length was also edited for copyright compliance).