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The Tonomat Connection The Inside Story of Tonomat  By Rita Diefenhardt-Schmitt
I   am   the   daughter   of   Alfred   Josef   Diefenhardt   (1922   to1985).   My   Father,   together   with   Walther   Triefenbach and   Norbert Acker   were   the   founders   of   German   Jukebox   Manufacture   "Tonomat"   located   in   D-Neu-Isenburg, near   Frankfort/Main.   When   this   firm   was   established   I   was   a   little   girl,   but   up   to   now   I   still   remember   my father's   role   and   his   work   for   Tonomat   as   he   frequently   took   me   with   him   to   work.   I   well   remember   the "Ditchburn   Organization"   who   ordered   1000   "Telematic"   Jukeboxes   from   Tonomat   in   1958,   one   of   the   biggest orders   Tonomat   ever   received.   The   connections   between   the   two   firms   went   very   well   and   I   still   remember some   visits   from   Norman   Ditchburn   to   Tonomat.   When   he   came   over,   he   was   also   our   private   guest   along with his wife and children.
Alfred Josef Diefenhardt
The Tonomat T100
Outside the Tonomat factory entrance, Walter Triefenbach, Geoffrey Norman Ditchburn, and Norbert Acker
The Tonomat factory during the winter of 1957
To be Continued
By Rita Diefenhardt-Schmitt
To   find   out   more   about   Tonomat   you   can   click   on   the   image on the right to read the article published by Die Musikbox
In   my   Tonomat   collection   concerning   Blackpool   and   its   Ballrooms   in   the   50s.   The   first   two   pictures   show   Blackpool   coast as it looked like in the 50s.
The   next   photo   shows   inside   in   a   ballroom,   but   its   location   in   Blackpool   I   do   not   know.   it   shows   ladies   and   gents   dancing   in the   ballroom,   presumably   members   of   both   firms   Ditchburn   and Tonomat   I’m   sure   that   the   photos   above   were   taken   on   the     same   day,   On   the   far   right   of   the   photo   below   you   can   see   Geoffrey   Norman   Ditchburn,   and   my   father   is   also   on   this   photo but   you   can   only   see   the   lower   part   of   his   body   on   the   left   side   of   this   picture.   And   of   course   you   see   a   Telematic   T200 there too.
The   Photo   below   shows   three   gala-dressed   ladies   who   are   the   wives   of   the   three   Tonomat   founders.   From   left   to   right: Klara   Triefenbach,   wife   of   Norbert   Triefenbach.   in   the   middle,      Elli   Acker,   wife   of   Norbert   Acker   and   far   right   my   mother, Irmgard (Diefenhardt).