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January 19, 2010


my friends and i had the coolest experience on sunday. we were out walking around in my neighborhood and we passed by a flat where we could see a front room full of old jukeboxes. we stopped and stared, open-mouthed, just as the owner was on his way out. he graciously offered to show us around for 10 minutes, and we eagerly accepted.

inside his home, this guy has collected and refurbished almost 15 vintage jukeboxes – it was unbelievable. he gave us a little tour, explaining the year each one was manufactured and playing a record in a few of them to illustrate the differences in sound. the music he played sounded UNBELIEVABLE … it was rich and full, something you do not get from digital music these days. (now i’m inspired to get my hands on an old record player and some records).

of course, i had to whip out my camera and snap a few photos of the different jukeboxes. each one of them had such a different character – many of them had lines, shapes and fonts that mirrored certain classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

thanking this man for his time and completely bowled over by what we saw, we continued on our way to sunday roast.

  1. January 19, 2010 7:50 am

    what a wonderful weekend story. he sounds like a very cool guy!

  2. January 19, 2010 8:47 am

    classe !!!!

  3. January 19, 2010 8:49 am

    great photos! they are selling record players at urban outfitters now {and some records}.

  4. January 19, 2010 9:08 am

    Such beautiful vintage designs!

  5. January 19, 2010 9:15 am

    Ah, the sweet reward of spontaneity. Definitely treat yourself to a record player. We have one and it’s a treat hunting down records as well as listening to the crisp sounds that only they may provide.

  6. January 19, 2010 10:03 am

    Oh wow! Those are just gorgeous! What an interesting collection.

  7. January 19, 2010 10:07 am

    well done you – fab images!

  8. Jean Prescott permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:13 am

    Now you’re talking my generation!! Fond memories of dancing myself into exhaustion in front of “record machines” that looked very much like these. Thanks for the flashback. And what a lovely guy. Don’t know about Brooklyn, but MY American town harbors no one like him. I’d almost make book on it.

  9. January 19, 2010 10:25 am

    Woah, what a cool way to spend sunday…

  10. January 19, 2010 10:31 am

    Oh, they are such treasures, a little like vintage cars with their lines of metal and chrome. I love the depth of sound you get out of a record!

  11. January 19, 2010 10:54 am

    a great story brian…and it’s amazing what happens when you “snap a few photos”. these are so, so good!

  12. January 19, 2010 11:19 am

    they’re just gorgeous, each one in their own way.

  13. January 19, 2010 11:20 am

    Equally amazing: that he invited two strangers into his house. In this day and age, it’s not often you hear of the trusting and the trustworthy having a chance to meet. Sounds like a magical encounter!

  14. January 19, 2010 11:44 am

    these are all in someone’s home?! too cool.

  15. January 19, 2010 11:53 am

    Speechless. This entire set of photos… the whole story. Just speechless.

  16. January 19, 2010 11:56 am

    those are incredible!

  17. January 19, 2010 1:52 pm

    Oh my gosh so so cool. LOVE the typography on those things. Great shots.

  18. January 19, 2010 2:21 pm

    These photos are absolutely stunning. They would look so amazing framed and grouped together on a wall.

  19. January 19, 2010 6:11 pm

    such an unbelievable experience! how fun!

  20. sarah chong permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:54 pm

    wow, i’m extremely jealous..
    i love the third & second-to-last photo!
    continue on them adventures!

  21. January 19, 2010 8:05 pm

    Magical!! I would rather listen to a jukebox or a record player than .mp3s. Great photos too!.

  22. January 19, 2010 8:51 pm

    What a treat to have this cool man show you his prized collection. I wish I experienced more chance encounters, more unexpected surprises like this one.

  23. January 20, 2010 4:30 am

    Totally dope.

    Also: I highly recommend a record player. Do you have any idea how many awesome songs are on 45? SO MANY.

  24. Lauren permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:23 am

    Saw this yesterday and thought of your fab photos…

  25. January 20, 2010 7:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing the story. An encounter like this makes putting up with small, multiple London inconveniences worthwhile!

  26. simone permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:03 pm

    My friend just sent this link to me, I too have been invited in to view the juke boxes, a couple of days after new years… such a nice bloke! We’d just been to the Charles Lamb pub around the corner it was early evening he was quite happy to show me and my rather drunk friends his collection and play some tunes!

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