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Company History

One of the most remarkable manufacturers of the ‘Silver Age’, the United Music Corp. at 3401 North California Avenue in Chicago, came up with a line of four models in the late 1950s. The first two models, the “UPA-100” and “UPB-100”, and the carousel mechanism and finally also the design for the “Ultra Compact Wall-Box” resulted in four patents by Lyndon A. Durant.

Raymond Loewy is often related to the design of the United series, but the correct name on the patents is Lyndon A. Durant, who was not only the founder of the United Music Corp. in 1942, but certainly also a gifted designer. The industrial design legend Raymond Loewy was one of the architects of the ‘American Streamline Movement’, and his style surely influenced the design of the United jukeboxes. The models, “UPA-100”, “UPB-100”, “UPC-100”, and “UPD-100”, produced from 1957 until 1961 never became a big commercial success, as they were almost unrivalled in the capacity to radiate absolutely nothing, and the Seeburg Corp. finally bought up the company in the autumn of 1964.

history information credited to: Gert J. Almind (The history of coin-operated phonographs - unpublished manuscript, November 8, 2010)
United Music Corporation Factory Location: 3401 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618