by on September 17, 2018
A new online catalog available from the Library of Congress allows access to the records describing the largest publicly available audio collection in the world. The new database, called SONIC (Sound ONline Inventory and Catalog), includes some 350,000 entries representing more than 25 percent of the Library's sound recording holdings. SONIC is available through the Library's Web site at loc.gov/rr/record. The new database contains information on nearly all the 45 rpm discs, 78 rpm discs acqu...
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by on September 12, 2018
 I covered the second Zon-O-Phone label very briefly in a blog  Zon-o-phone - The Discs That Defeated Berliner , but as I now have three of these discs to add  (see album) I'll expand the coverage.    The export agent for the first Zon-O-Phone label was Frederick M. Prescott. He had been active in the export of cylinder records to Europe and had toured Britain and parts of Europe during 1899, and again in 1900. Prescott formed the International Zonophone Company in New Jersey, USA in March 190...
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by on September 11, 2018
Obituary for James G (Jim) Hayes Born 10th Dec 1937, died 19th May 2018. In 1954, 16 year old Jim Hayes tried to obtain a 78rpm record. 'I went out to buy an Eddie Fisher record, but found it was deleted, I then discovered that the record trade was not interested when a record had been deleted and that no catalogue record of discs issued was kept and so I started cataloguing' The results of some of Jim's cataloguing became available to the public fifty years ago in 1968 when he pub...
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by on January 20, 2018
My computer desktop has become very cluttered with various dating programs as I work on more labels. So I decided to integrate the Edison Bell, HMV, and Regal Zonophone programs into a single program. This program also includes dating info for Coliseum, Imperial, Marathon and Tempo labels. You can download it here: https://www.78rpmcommunity.com/beta/folders/file/171 Install as before - create a new folder and unzip the files to it. Then run Date78. The only difference is another drop down list...
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by on September 29, 2017
It's been a long time since I've posted any blogs because my ability to concentrate has been impaired since starting on insulin injections. I'm now starting to get it back, so sorry for the outage!   There are two main areas featured in this blog.   First I've managed to complete the Parlophone R100 series up to 3999, and much of the remaining 78rpm catalogue is already done. Jerry King gave me R4200 -R4349 a long while ago (thanks again Jerry!). Completing the listings has been made difficu...
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by on July 20, 2017
John McCormack (1884–1945) was an Irish tenor, celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires, and renowned for his diction and breath control.   McCormack received voice training by Vincenzo Sabatini in Milan in 1905 and his voice was found to be naturally tuned and perfectly suited to breath control, an element that would become part of the basis of his renown as a vocalist.   In 1906, he made his operatic début at the Teatro Chiabrera, Savona. The next year...
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by on February 25, 2017
The recent infographic on the Top 5 Books Every 78rpm Collector Needs To Own! doesn't contain any of my top 5. I think this is going to be different for everybody, and reflects which 78rpms are common where you live, and what your main interests are - and mine is pre 1930 78rpms. So let's go through the list and comment on the choices made in the infographic versus mine.1. The Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide II by Stephen C. BarrThere's no doubt that this is a valuable book and it is ...
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by on December 18, 2016
In late November/early December 2016, a batch of Zon-o-phone discs came up for auction on ebay uk.  These were not the usual Zonophones issued by the Gramophone Company (HMV) in the UK or the paper label Zono-o-phones in the USA from 1904 on, or even their German made predecessors, but dated back to circa 1900/1, and were responsible for Berliner being stopped from operating in the USA, as well as the foundation of the Victor label.  I was lucky enought to win three of them, so I'd like to share...
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by on November 23, 2016
Member Leopold's recent contribution of a 1902 recording of Emma Calvé singing an aria from Bizet's Carmen has raised some interests (see here ),  so I thought I'd provide a few more details. The Gramophone Company (later HMV) had only been formed in mid 1898. It was located in the basement of a former hotel at 31, Maiden Lane in London. Emile Berliner had sent a representative from the USA to set up a company for marketing his gramophones and discs outside of America, and find finances for it. ...
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by on October 19, 2016
Columbia UK 'Single Face' labelled discs do not seem to be very common, so I was very pleased to win one on ebay recently. The 'Single Face' label (and its companion 'Double Face') does not seem to have been used in the USA according to Sherman and Nauck's 'Note The Notes' which analyses the USA Columbia labels with photos, so I decided to try to find out more details.Using Google only produced two images of the label, both from UK auction catalogues from 2013, and with estimates starting at £14...
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by on October 13, 2016
I've had this blog in my head since I got the record to be discussed, but following a recent posting on the 78L list about different 'matrix numbers' between HMV and Victor releases, here's a similar example of where the original matrix mark has been obliterated and replaced.I concentrate most of my collecting on 78rpms of concertina recordings. By far the most popular recorded player was Alexander Prince, born in Scotland, who recorded on both cylinders and discs from the early 1900s decade unt...
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by on September 15, 2016
The World Record Club began in Australia in 1960 with its own design studio at 303 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and later, on Burwood Road in suburban Hartwell. World Record Club stood like a beacon in the Australian commercial art industry and a generation of the most creative young Australian designers, illustrators, typographers, visual artists and photographers were drawn into Geoff Digby's milleau like moths to a flame. The company prepared artwork for more than 2000 new jacket designs in th...
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