I've been finding stuff this morning-it's all pretty wild!Curiously, one gizmo-fad with feeble staying power made strong, quirky inroads to the Hollywood reality of the 1940s. Telephone Music was a two-way jukebox system, relayed by phone, where juke customers spoke their requests to female DJs at a remote central library. When introduced in 1940, the fad’s prospects looked bright: H. L. Menken’s American Mercury magazine touted that Phone Music would give juke-listeners choices from a library of thousands of recordings instead of a “measly dozen or two” found on the usual machine. Introduced and then unceremoniously sacked over the span of the 1940s, Phone Music’s existence might now be unknown except for its use as plot devices in films made over sixty years ago. *Some more stuff here- Coin-Op Telephone Line Music THE SHYVERS MULTIPHONEa 1941 'Jennings'
Reminds me of a Scopitone-
The operator could also see you on her screen...
Are you sure of this? That would require closed circuit television technology.
The Scopitones were straight coin operated jukeboxes that also played a video. There was a resurgence in bars of similar devices in the early. No phone lines or operators were required.