Initially, the inventor devised his musical bicycle for racing, claiming that the music would encourage the rider to go even faster. However, this sounding invention was clearly driven by the enormous popularity of the music box. And one of the biggest names on the American market at that time was the Regina Music Box Company. Founded near Leipzig in Germany, the company set up shop in the United States to avoid high import tariffs imposed in 1890. Their disc playing system produced music boxes in any size, from a four-inch type to a twenty-seven-inch automatic coin-operated box, perfectly sized for anything ranging from living rooms to bicycles. Between 1892 and 1920, the company produced roughly 100,000 music boxes, with increased competition from the phonograph eventually forcing the company to diversify. At any rate, the Regina Music Box Company is credited with bringing mechanically produced music into American homes, and apparently to bicycles as well! The musical bicycle was not resounding success, but in terms of vision, far ahead of its time.
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