Phonograph, music box show set for June 11-13

UNION, Ill. – It is a small world after all. For the past 35 years antique collectors have flocked far and wide to a small Chicago suburb to celebrate the days of yesteryear at the world’s oldest and largest Antique Phonograph and Music Box Show and Sale hosted by Donley’s Wild West Town.

The expo, initially called “The Early Talking Machine Show of America,” was a mere accident.

According to Mike Donley, owner of Donley’s Wild West Town, friends and neighbors of his father set up a swap meet. Each year it grew due to word of mouth. “This is a rare opportunity for people to be up close, touch, and hear [these early inventions] unlike at museums,” Donley said.

Collectors may attend Preview Day, when the dealers set-up, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 11, with an admission of $40 per person; admission is good for all three days.

The show and sale is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. General admission is $9 per person, good for both Saturday and Sunday admissions. A coupon is available at www.wildwesttown.com.

The Antique Phonograph and Music Box Show and Sale is held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 at Donley’s Wild West Town, Route 20 & South Union Road in Union, Illinois. ?


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