As part of its Deep Research project the Canmore Museum is trying to solve mysteries surrounding a number of items in its collections, such as this Seeburg Wall-o-matic jukebox, where the information attached to it has gone missing. The Wall-o-matic is a remote selector that would have hung on the wall in a Canmore bar, restaurant, café or pool hall. But the question is, which one? Murray’s Pool Hall on Seventh Avenue comes to mind, but as I only got in there once and promptly got kicked out – I might have been 12 at the time – I can’t say I remember anything about the interior, let alone if the tables had these units. I’m not even sure if Murray’s had tables for that matter.
This Wall-0-matic, which is in excellent condition and still has quarters in it (two plays for a quarter), appears to have been in use up into the mid-1980s. The menus include Bonnie Tyler, Culture Club, the Pointer Sisters, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Roy Orbison, along with a duet with Eddie Rabbit and Juice Newton from Rabbit’s 1986 album Rabbit Trax.
Does anyone recognize this unit and know which establishment in Canmore it might have been used at? Guesses are good too, as so far, that’s all anybody has.