Ed Futterman's Antique Collection

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Location: 23320 Canzonet Street, Woodland Hills, California, United Statesmap
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When he wasn't hosting his radio program, selling insurance, or watching the Dodgers game, Ed Futterman loved collecting antiques. His collection, together with his wife Shirley's artwork, and the various trinkets they picked up during their many trips, made their home in Woodland Hills resemble a museum.

Being the avid music lover he was, Ed owned 4 vintage cylinder phonographs, a Wurlitzer Jukebox, and an extensive collection of old records. Although the sound quality was very hard on the ears, listening to the cylinder records, which featured the voices of performers who lived well over 100 years ago, was always a fascinating experience. Ed loved listening to the old 78s in the jukebox, and would often play it when his grandson came to visit. Ed took good care of these machines to ensure they remained operable, and although recording technology has come a long way since they were invented, these century-old devices have lasted longer than the MP3 players of today ever will.

Aside from the phonographs, the majority of the items in Ed's collection consisted of candy dispensers and other coin-operated machines. There was at least one antique gumball machine in pretty much every room in their house. There also were vintage slot machines, arcade games, and a National Cash Register. The majority of these devices still worked, although it was disappointing that the gumballs in the machines were so old and hard.

Ed also enjoyed collecting coins, both for the sake of collecting them, as well as for an investment. He had many vintage US coins that had long been out of circulation. In addition, he had a considerable amount of foreign currency leftover from his travels. A lot of these coins were from various European countries, before the introduction of the Euro.

The majority of the items in Ed's collection were sold after his passing. Some of them were purchased by various people who were close to Ed and his family so they would always remember him. A few of the items Ed loved the most remain with the family.


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Needed: More detailed information from family about Ed's interest in antique slot machines.
posted by Andrew Futterman