The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1927, in Chicago, Illinois by David Cullen Rockola. He first started out making slot machines, pinball machines and scales before manufacturing jukeboxes under the Rock-Ola name in 1934. It was in that year that he obtained a patent for a mechanism that could pick a music record out of a stack, play it and then put it back in its place.
By 1935, Rock-Ola had sold more than 400,000 jukeboxes.
In 1939, he introduced the “Luxury Light-Up” series which became very successful.
From 1928 – 1951 Rock Ola jukeboxes primarily played 78 RPM records.
From 1953 – 1962 Rock Ola jukeboxes primarily played 45 RPM records.
After World War II, with jukeboxes becoming very popular, Rock-Ola introduced the “Magic Glow” series which included models 1422, 1426 and 1428. This was in response to Wurlitzer coming out with model 1015, one of the most popular jukeboxes of all time.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Rock-Ola came up with many new great ideas, like full-featured jukeboxes that could be hung on the wall.
During the 1970’s, demand for jukeboxes plummeted and the business was eventually sold to Glenn Streeter in 1992, owner of The Antique Apparatus Company. Today, Rock-Ola jukeboxes are still being made for home or commercial use. They can now play cds and even support digital downloading.
Popular Rock-Ola Jukeboxes
Luxury Light-Up Series
Magic Glow Series
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