Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                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 International’s 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.

Donald D. Voorhees
New Honorary Member
by Al f Werolin

The AMICA, V 18, No 4, May 1981

AMICA's board has just conferred Honorary Membership upon Donald D. Voorhees, a former Ampico and QRS recording artist. One of his Ampico recordings is "Hugs and Kisses" which was composed by our late Honorary Member Louis Alter. Mr. Voorhees also made a number of dance orchestra recordings for Edison and Columbia, and made several classical albums for Victor, accompanying Fritz Kreisler.

He is best known, perhaps, as conductor of the radio program "The Telephone Hour" which was broadcast over a period of many years. At one time he had his own dance orchestra. He is currently conductor of the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra and makes personal appearances as guest conductor of other wellknown orchestras.

We will endeavor to obtain a more complete biography of Mr. Voorhees for a later Bulletin. In the meantime, welcome Donald Voorhees to our circle of distinguished honorary AMICAns!

(Photo taken from "The Etude", 1943, from the Emmett M. Ford collection)



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