23 November

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A Gin Joint Introduces The First Jukebox

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Jack-in-the-Box

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A San Francisco saloon, the Palais Royale, installed earth’s very first jukebox way back on 23 November 1889.


That first prototype was not what you'd call communal - it featured four amazingly innovative earpieces attached to a phonograph inside a cabinet. Using one of the earpieces cost five cents, but you didn't get any choice of what to listen to.

In the end, the nickel-in-the-slot player really did hit the jackpot, so we are marking today's anniversary with a Jack-in-the-Box as we're guessing a fair number of those early listeners must have got quite a surprise.

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