Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rotating Ceramic Music Buildings

These large building replicas are made of ceramic and sit atop a rotating mechanism that also plays music. We want to call these music boxes, but they are not actually a box, so what do we call them? Music stand, musical base?  Another version that I didn’t include here because it’s not architectural, is the Powell & Mason cable car music box which has a label from "EFCCO, San Fran, CA, Made in Japan." Thanks to Joe K., who sent me most of the photos here. Do you know of other buildings in this series? 

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Seattle Space Needle on musical base 

Grand Ole Opry, New Orleans, Louisiana

Harvey's Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

My Old Kentucky Home plays a minstrel song by Stephen Foster

Pedro's sign at South of the Border, a tourist trap at the border of states North Carolina and South Carolina.

 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN. Label on bottom reads, "Twitty City Gift Shop”

San Francisco trolley with famous “painted ladies” Victorian houses behind. Streetcar moves up hill by string marked 1980 Westland Co.

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