David Colin Rockola was assigned his first jukebox design patent in 1934. He began producing the music machines in 1935. The Canadian- born entrepreneur was living in Chicago, and was running his own company, the Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation, which he founded in 1927. The company specialized in entertainment equipment, building everything from coin machines, weight scales and arcade games to gumball machines. The end of the prohibition era and the thousands of new taverns that opened in 1933-34 made the American market ripe for the Rock-Ola jukebox. The public's favorable response to the machine was immediate and various companies started producing jukeboxes. Companies kept in lockstep with the trends of the day, adding new models year after year that were richer in style and sound. 13v far, the most popular model was the Bubbler. The jukebox with the distinctive round top, flowing bright ~colors and glittering chrome arch has become a classic collector's item.
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