Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Factory Tour - 1926 (Black/White)A tour of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Factory. See a mighty Wurlitzer Organ being built. Ray Brubacher, popular east coast artist provides a musical score on a mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. (Although this movie is not about jukeboxes it gives a good impression about the Wurlitzer factory in the mid 20's)
Total running time is approximately 30 minutes. This movie is available at auction sites: Google search
The power of advertising to increase profits - 1947 (Color)Featuring 1015 and 1080 jukeboxes, this promotion made WurliTzer the first company to help locations in promoting their music.
This WurliTzer promotional film was made for viewing by their distributors and route operators and provides valuable insight into their marketing strategy.
Total running time is approximately 27 minutes. This movie (including 'A visit to WurliTzer', see below) is available from: Encore Home Video
A visit to Wurlitzer - 1948 (Color - Black/White)This vintage film focuses on an in-depth tour of the former Wurlitzer factory located at North Tonawanda, N.Y. The film starts with a color sequence introducing the factory and its surroundings. Then, a black-and-white kinescope shows the different stages of production of the model 1100. This WurliTzer promotional film was made for viewing by their distributors and route operators and provides valuable insight into their manufacturing practices.
Total running time is approximately 41 minutes.
Pianos to planes: Wurlitzer and the war - 2001 (Color - Black/White)During World War II, the Wurlitzer DeKalb plant suspended work on pianos and juke boxes to take part in the war effort after the company received a contract from the Department of Defense in June 1942. Employees were told they were going to make parts for gliders. What they were not told was that the gliders were an early form of guided missle technology.
Secrecy was critical to the project, which is why few today know about DeKalb's historical contribution to defense research.
(Although this movie is not specifically about jukeboxes it gives a good impression about the Wurlitzer DeKalb plant during the war)
Total running time is approximately 15 minutes.