The 38th Phonograph and Music Box Show will be held at the Wild West Town in Illinois on 8th and 9th June. Antique phonographs and music boxes, radios and rare records will be on display at the event, dating from the 1890s to the 1950s. The event attracts people from all over the world, including Taiwan, England, Canada, Germany and Holland.
The show originally started 38 years ago when Larry Donley opened up the Wild West Town to display his collection of antique phonographs and radios, along with other items. The first show was held with only a handful of attendees and just four vendors. The show now attracts thousands of vendors and attendees worldwide. Donley started collecting the antique items in 1958 when he worked as an auto mechanic. His sons, Mike and Randy, are also involved with the show. According to Donley, the show is a meeting place for those who have a passion for music boxes and phonographs. He adds that the machines were an indication of the era when a lot of people lived in rural areas without modern conveniences or appliances. He added that thanks to these machines, people could listen to music or the president’s speech.
Antique items like furniture are an indication of how people lived. However, people don’t have to travel to Illinois to buy antique furniture. A reputable antiques dealer in the UK will be able to show you various items, including antique cabinets. Ribble Valley is recognised as a popular location for anyone interested in antique furniture.
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