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Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonnť,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society Internationalís Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.


Montana Heritage Commission Event
Dedication of the AMICA Adopt-a-Piano's
Wurlitzer DX, and others.

Photos/captions by Larry Emmons
Click on any image to enlarge ...


The program ...


One of the many buildings in Virgina city that have been preserved from the past.


A view of the interior of one of the several well-stocked general stores.


The Cremona in the lobby of the Opera House.


John Ellingsen at the Cremona Photoplayer while Richard Rutlinger looks on

Itís Richardís turn to entertain us.


A view of several early buildings, a small sample of the large complex of historical buildings


Richard Rutlinger, Louise Lucero, and John Ellingsen inside of the Molinari organ shop.


The 89-key Gavioli in the Music Hall


A view of the restored Wurlitzer DX as it sits in the Music Hall.  AMICA membership applications are in the stand to the right.


The plaque placed on the Wurlitzer by the Montana Heritage Commission


MHC Site Manager Jim Carpita as he commences the dedication.


Janna Norby, Curator of Collections for the MHC (left) is thanking AMICA for its support and the rebirth of the DX.  From left to right standing: Klaus Mackensen, MHC; AMICA members Lana and Mike Edwards; Amy Sullivan, Executive Director of the Montana History Foundation, Paul Reichert, Executive Director of the Montana Heritage Commission; John Ellingsen, Curator of History; Virginia City resident Garry Main looks on in the background.  Seated are AMICANís Clara Wingfield, Louise Lucero, Richard Rutlinger and Jere DeBacker.  To Jereís left is Tom Norby.  The ladies on the back side of the bench are unidentified.


John Ellingsen inserting coins to play the DX


The  audience listens as the Wurlitzer does its stuff.  If the background shadows are Paul Reichert; Mary Oliver, Chair person of the MHC; John Ellingsen; local resident Nancy Allen.  Amy Sullivanís son is upfront kneeling on the bench.

(Also see miscellaneous photos here)


 

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