On our way back from our buying trip to Bill’s, Lloyd took me through Bedford to show me a little Americana. I had heard of the Bedford, PA Coffee Pot, but finally got to see it.
The Coffee Pot was designed and built in 1927 by Bert Koontz on the west end of Bedford along the Lincoln Highway Route. He was trying to attract visitors to the adjacent gas station. The Coffee Pot originally served ice cream, hamburgers and Coca-Cola. It later became a regular stop for Greyhound bus passengers, as it was located next to the bus depot. The Coffee Pot was moved to it’s current location and restored by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor in 2004 in an effort to preserve the historic attraction.
Just a block or two down the road, there is a pretty old art-deco style gas station.
We began our two-day trip in Lloyd’s pickup. A four-hour round trip is a piece of cake in his upgraded Chevy Silverado. I had never really appreciated the comfort of that truck, with its heated, reclining leather seats and XM radio, until we returned to Hagerstown that day. The Chevy was full and we needed to leave it at the warehouse to be unloaded. For the first time, Lloyd was going to take his new Isuzu box truck out for a spin. The 2013 Chicagoland show is coming up soon and Lloyd plans to drive it up fully loaded with deliveries, so he needed to get comfortable driving the new truck.
I asked Dominic what he thought of the truck, having taken it out already. “It’s a work truck,” he said. “You can’t relax in it. You’ll see.”
I understood what he meant as soon as I climbed in. The seats don’t recline at all. It has a bare-bones dash. No XM radio here. Getting in and out, for me, was a bit tricky given that it is a cab-over, so the step down is awkwardly placed in front of the tire, and then it’s a long way down to the ground from there. On the upside, I loved the view out that big windshield.
It was no Silverado, but it had a lot of cargo room for hauling equipment that would be protected from the weather. Although we already have two good trailers, Lloyd never liked pulling them. Ben is more comfortable pulling the trailers, and very skilled at maneuvering them in tight spots. An enclosed truck is a more appealing alternative for Lloyd. Besides the ample space of an 18 ft truck, it also has a huge lift gate, strong enough to pick up a bowler or pool table.
We headed back up to make a delivery to Shannon Jacobs. Since he and his wife own the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, Pa, we took the equipment there to drop off and stopped to have dinner. We were surprised by how busy the dining room was for a Thursday, but could see why they get a crowd. It is a charming place.
We found a place to spend the night and made our first stop the next morning at the home of our friend, Rich Carbone. Rich has an interesting collection of jukebox speakers on his basement walls.
There is a Seeburg Speak-Organ Model 50-16X from 1940
There is a pre-war AMI speaker. This is the only one of this model that Lloyd has ever seen.
There is a Wurlitzer 250A, produced between 1940-1941.
There is a Rockola 1602 from 1941. This was an accessory for the Rockolite Luxury Liteup.
He has a Wurlitzer 4007 produced between 1946-1950.
A Wurlitzer 4002, produced from 1946-1949, usually associated with the 1015 jukebox.
There is a Wurlitzer 220 produced between 1939-1941.
There is a Wurlitzer 4000 produced between 1946-1950
And this one is a Seeburg Top Spot speaker. Lloyd tried to convince Rich to sell it to him, but Rich is not ready to part with it. He loves to look at it on his wall.
While Rich has a pretty nice collection of jukebox speakers, you can see many more at www.jukebox-world.de by clicking on “archive” and then “enter archive”. This is a great resource for identification of jukeboxes, wallboxes and speakers. Lloyd has contributed many of the photos that you will find in the archives.
Rich has more speakers than I have shown you, but rather than show you those, I would rather share his Seeburg Remote Wallbox Stroller. These are less common than many of the jukeboxes I see.
To get an idea of how petite this stroller is, look at it next to Rich.
Below the speakers, all lined up against his walls, are several pretty, restored jukeboxes. In addition, he collects small jukebox company memorabilia. Some hang on the wall.
Some are displayed in a glass front cabinet.
Rich even has trophies that were won by employees of the Wurlitzer factory in football and basketball competitions.
It was nice to see Rich, but we had to keep moving. We had three more stops to make that day before getting back home for the night.
As a side note, Rich’s family owns a well-known Italian restaurant in Crabtree, called “Carbones”, not surprisingly. Rich makes a spaghetti sauce from scratch that takes all day, and I would love to get his recipe some time. Well, the restaurant must be more famous than we realized! One day Lloyd had a call from a customer and he referred the caller to Rich. Upon hearing the names “Carbone” and “Crabtree”, the caller asked, ” The “Spaghetti Carbones?!”. We had a chuckle about that. So, if you are ever in Crabtree, PA, you can check out the place for yourself. http://www.carbonesrestaurant.com/
So on we traveled to visit Jeff Markvan to deliver a jukebox to him. In Jeff’s shop was a jukebox that I had never seen before. The Star Cruiser was manufactured by Carson City Mfg, Inc. in Shakopee, MN. Lloyd says the guts of the machine are from NSM. Apparently, lots of small companies have started up, manufactured a few models, and have then gone out of business. This odd jukebox looks like a boat.
For more photos of this unusual jukebox model from 1990, go to http://www.jukebox-world.de/Forum/Archiv/USA/StarCruiser.htm . Carson City created other jukeboxes that look like cars, trucks and even shoes. You can view photos of those in the archive of jukebox world.de .under the category of “others”, located at the bottom of the list of manufacturers.
Jeff had quite a little collection in his upstairs office, but there was so much there that I will have to share that story another day.
Driving from Jeff Markvan’s in Latrobe, PA to our next stop in Unity, PA, we went through Pittsburgh. As the road we were on followed the river there, I noticed that there was a giant Rubber Ducky in the water. It was 40 ft tall! You don’t see that every day! To see photos and read a news story about the duck, click here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/giant-rubber-duckie-splash-pittsburgh-article-1.1470385
In Unity, Lloyd had purchased a One More Time and needed to pick it up. We stopped the truck on a street of older, very modest homes. Outward appearances can be deceiving! From the street front, one would not guess that there is an impressive game room in the basement of the home we visited there. The residents had put a lot of work into that room.
They had a collectible Flipper Cowboy pin with animated backglass.
They had a Stoner Candy Machine.
There was a barber shop chair and popcorn machine.
We admired the bar!
While Lloyd looked around the home for more to buy, I chatted with the lady of the house. She told me about the life-size model of the robot from the 60’s show, Lost in Space, that her husband had built. She showed me a photo album of the robot, and of the actors from the t.v. show that they had met, including Angela Cartwright, June Lockhart, and others.
We loaded up our purchases and headed on to Hopwood, PA. This final stop was tricky to get to. There was a hairpin turn onto an unpaved road, up the side of hill that had a pretty steep drop off and no guardrail. Yikes! The house was in the woods and had natural springs bubbling up out of the ground, creating little mini-swamps in unexpected places. A large dog was tied up outside the house, barking and whining. I was not wearing the right kind of shoes for this place! The owner wanted to sell the house and was trying to sell the contents which include many things that used to be merchandise in her antique store. It was a lot like a yard sale inside the house, except there were no prices on anything. Each time Lloyd would ask, “What do you want for that?” Her response would be, “I don’t know. Make me an offer.” He chose the items from inside the home that they could agree upon and carried them out to the truck, nearly stepping on a large live snake in the process. After he had everything he wanted from inside the home, including vintage pinup calendars and a wooden postage vendor, we went to the outbuildings. There he found some 7-UP signs.
As we left with our purchases, our seller, who seems to live off the radar, called out to us, “You don’t know me!”
“Never met you!”, Lloyd replied.
Back down the scary hill, around the hairpin turn and on our way back home at last, we made our final stop for the day at The Summit Inn to have dinner. While the food and service was disappointing, the dining room was charming and the view was spectacular.
We shared a beautiful sunset on the porch of the inn.
We still had three more hours of driving to get home for the night. It was a long day and we were tired. We finally made it back at 11 pm and were greeted by our very excited yellow lab, Jojo. It was good to know we were missed at home.