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  Automatic xylophone, drum and triangle
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Here is a mechanical orchestra including a xylophone, drum and triangle, and probably also a piano at the rear of the cabinet.

Similar machines became very popular in public places America in the early twentieth century under the name Nickelodeon, so-called because you had to put a nickel (a 5-cent coin) into the slot to make it play.

Nickelodeons were gradually displaced by juke-boxes using phonograph records, but we young folks all knew about nickelodeons because they were the topic of a popular song in 1950:

Put another nickel in
In the nickelodeon
All I want is lovin' you
And music! music! music!

YouTube has several similar machines in operation on videos, such as this one, which is a Nelson Wiggen 4X Orchestrion playing Silver Moon:

Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaEfyYapC9U

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  • Updated Dec 28, 2010
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