Among the old, original Wurlitzer style 150 rolls recently acquired
by Mikey Mills are at least two heretofore not known to exist. One
of them is roll 13027.
Like many very old, often-played rolls, it is missing the first of
its ten tunes, and also missing its box and labels. But it does still
have its end number, proving that it is roll 13027, one of the first
10-tune rolls made by Wurlitzer after it began making 10-tune rolls in
1913, in addition to its customary 4-tune rolls, which were fortunately
discontinued in 1925.
Mikey has been able to identify all but four of the tunes on roll
13027. They are all from 1916; so it is a safe assumption that the
unidentified four are all from 1916 or a bit earlier. To aid in
getting the remaining four tunes identified, I have posted the roll,
along with recordings Mikey had made of the unidentified four tunes,
on my Wurlitzer 150 website at
I am sure that some of you MMD tune sleuths will be able to come up
with answers. Tune 10 sounds like a medley to me and parts of it sound
like something that exists on an early Wurlitzer 165 roll. But don't
rely on my thought here.
Irondequoit, New York