Victor Master Numbering Systems

RCA custom pressed a large number of local label records across the United States from the early ‘s on. Their pressing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana pressed ‘s of local label releases in the area throughout the ‘s, 60’s and 70’s. There is a code in the RCA matrix numbers that identifies when the record was mastered it was usually pressed and released immediately thereafter. The code is located in the first letter and number of the eight digit matrix number up to In , RCA changed it’s system slightly so that the first letter alone represented the year. The following chart shows the dating information from to

Discographical sources for 78 RPM recordings

Search our index for information on classical and popular 78rpm recordings from HMV, RCA, Victor, Brunswick and Columbia as well as other record companies from the 78rpm era…. See our blog for the latest additions, changes and developments regarding this major project. Do you have a discography you’d like to add to this free, research project? Contact us.

Posts about 78 RPM Record Development written by the78rpmrecordspins. Victor’s original pages after this date were apparently discarded at some point.

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Speeds and pitching of 78rpm gramophone records

When Emile Berliner first established the United States Gramophone Company in , the recording industry was already eight years old; it had been a tumultuous beginning for the business, marked by a race to register patents, industrial espionage, and personal rivalries. The next six years would bring more conflict, and in the end would lead to Berliner’s decision to give up control of his patents in the United States to his associate, Eldridge Johnson, and establish an independent company in Canada.

Shortly after inventing the phonograph in , Thomas Edison established the first business devoted to recorded sound, the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company. It had five stockholders including Gardiner G. Hubbard, Alexander Graham Bell’s father-in-law.

Victor Phonographs will play any laterally-cut 78 RPM record. on Spotify Join the Columbia Records newsletter to stay up to date on your favorite artists! You’ll​.

It is the second-oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records. In , the Radio Corporation of America RCA purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company , then the world’s largest manufacturer of phonographs including the famous ” Victrola ” and phonograph records in British English , “gramophone records”. The company then became RCA Victor. The format was abandoned by , and two-speed turntables were no longer offered, but some Program Transcriptions lingered in the Victor record catalog until the end of the s.

During the early part of the Depression, RCA Victor made a number of attempts to create a successful cheap label to compete with the “dime store labels” Perfect , Oriole , Banner , Melotone , etc. The first was the short-lived “Timely Tunes” label in sold at Montgomery Ward. It was originally an 8-inch record with a dark blue label, alongside an 8-inch Electradisk label sold at Woolworth ‘s. Neither were a success. In , RCA Victor reintroduced Bluebird and Electradisk as a standard inch label Bluebird’s label was redesigned, and it became known as the ‘buff’ label.

Another cheap label, Sunrise, was produced although nobody seems to know for whom it was produced, as Sunrise records are exceptionally rare today.

Puritan Records

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A Web-based listing of 78rpm records, in numerical order by record company. The Online (78rpm) Discographical Project on Facebook AURORA. (early s Canadian Victor) “dated” issues.

Alternate titles may be variants found in sources other than that cited for a primary title, such as record catalogs, U. Copyright Office files, published discographies, the Alan Kelly files, blue history cards, or Victor ledgers, or they may be supplementary titles observed on a disc label. The ADP frequently consults digital scans of a micofilm set made of most of the blue history cards to complete Victor Company entries in the discography. Most blue history cards list matrix number, artist, and title as well as catalog number s.

The artist and title listings on blue history cards are often in an abbreviated form. Many cards include composer names, the take s issued see also Take , when discs were issued and deleted from company catalogs, and an indication of the number of discs sold see also Number sold. The backs of many of the BHCs often include record label samples, adhered by glue. Unfortunately, the the poor quality of many of the microfilm images, believed to have been created in the mids, results in some of them being nearly entirely illegible.

Jimmie Rodgers

This is the page to start with if you are looking for some general information concerning value, age or identification of your records, sheet music or phonographs. It’s also a good place for beginning collectors to get some ideas about the hobby. We have included the questions we are asked most often, and have provided fairly detailed responses. This is almost impossible to answer without seeing the records in person.

Factors such as condition, edition, and even certain variations in the label design can greatly affect the value of any record.

The 78rpm Record Search engine is a free research project that indexes over ‘​Popular’ 10inch 78rpms (65,, 78rpms – Mostly Victor/ HMV/ Columbia/.

General Dating 78 RPM recordings: print online Catalogs by: company name: print online genre, medium of performance, etc. Discography of American historical recordings. Daniels, William R. The American 45 and 78 rpm record dating guide, Westport, Conn. HSR ML Gart, Galen. ARLD : the American record label directory and dating guide, Milford, N.

Barr, Steven C. The almost complete 78 rpm record dating guide. Barr, c, c Huntington Beach, Calif. Peel, Tom.

78 Records Production

Here is the second installment of the Victrola and 78 Journal, edited by Tim Gracyk, in the Fall of I recently acquired a west coast recording on the rare Nordskog label, performed by the Burtnett and Miller Orchestra. The Brian Rust dance band or Jazz discographies fail to mention that the two collaborated in and hired west coast musicians in Los Angeles, California.

There are some interesting solos. The recording has been uploaded for you to listen to. The Columbia Graphophone Company took out this full-page in The New York Theatre in to announce that it would release new recordings at the beginning of each month, as did Victor.

The average value of most 78 rpm records offered to us is $1 or less. There are very few 78s that actually have the recording date on the label. in a crude wooden cabinet with a sloppy copy of the Victor trademark pasted on the front.

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Part 2 in the Vocalion Discography series — covering the vertical-cut and pre classical, operatic, and miscellaneous series — is in final fact-checking and editing for release this Spring. Part 3, covering the Brunswick-era issues, obviously is a much longer-range project. As with all titles in the Library, Mainspring Press holds the exclusive publication and distribution rights to this work in all forms, print or digital.

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