Increasing in popularity during 1930's as an economic alterantive to providing live entertainment, jukebox styling paralleled contemporary automobile styling. The example offered, with ribbed flanks suggestive of an engine, and an abundance of chrome-line decoration, articulates this vision.
Rudolph Wurlitzer emigrated from Saxony in 1853, and initially, together with his brother Anton, manufacturered pianos in Hoboken, New Jersey. By 1908 the established Wurlitzer company was producing pipe organs and coin-operated talking machines. Rudolph Wurlitzer died in 1914, leaving the company to his three sons. In 1933 the youngest son, Farny, acquired a record selection mechanism from a small factory named Simplex, and in that same year the first Wurlitzer jukebox, the P10, was produced.