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I’ve always had a thing for old radios especially those produced in the 30’s and 40’s. Today I discovered a Bing Crosby Junior Jukebox at The Antique Emporium, one of several stores in New Harmony, Indiana that is loaded with antiques and vintage treasures.

The Bing Crosby Junior Jukebox was announced to the public in Chicago, Illinois on November 28, 1948. Just in time to be on children’s Christmas wish lists, the manufacturer (I believe the Ideal Toy Company) assured parents this is “not a Toy but a Real Phonograph with a 4″ Speaker … Plays 12″ records, beautifully molded in colorful plastics, lights up and changes colors as it plays, 2 tube electronic amplification with volume control, excellent tone. 16″ high, 13″ deep, 14″ wide” … AC only.”

The colorful molded plastic and the cool way it lights up is truly romantic. It has a Disneyland-like charm. The idea of kids gathering around and playing records with this jukebox makes me want to go back to that slower, simpler time.

Though I love it, I didn’t buy it. It’s still there and in the window at Antique Emporium. When you visit New Harmony make sure to stop by and ask Paula to let you spin some wax. Antique Emporium is located at 525 E. Church Street.

Fudge Love

How can there be a Utopia without quality chocolate? I think the answer is obvious: there can’t be! That’s why the Golden Rose provides a wondrous assortment of decadent, soul-satisfying, handmade chocolates to boost the spirits of weary travelers and the local harmonist population.

My personal fave is the Fudge Love Truffle which features a milk chocolate whipped fudge center, dipped in dark chocolate, and then dipped again… in milk chocolate. It is a mouthful of happiness and pairs well with dry white wines and delicate, dry reds like Pinot Noir.

Fudge Love is just one of a dozen or more premium, fresh, handmade chocolates available at the Golden Rose. When you plan your visit to New Harmony make sure you don’t leave town without sampling these gems in all their glory. The Golden Rose is located at 612 Main Street.