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All Mainspring Press books and CDs have now sold out. After two decades and seventy releases, Mainspring has exited book and CD production and is now publishing exclusively online, through the free Mainspring Blog and Online Reference Library, as a way of thanking the research and collecting communities that have supported us for so many years.

Used copies of American Record Companies and Producers, 1888-1950 may be available from time to time, through us or third parties. Please e-mail us if you would like to be notified should a copy become available.

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Highlights from The Mainspring Press Record Collectors' Blog:

The Mainspring Press Free
Online Reference Library


The Gus Haenschen Interviews
(James A. Drake

The International Record Company

Russian Interference: Boris Morros, ARA Records,
and the Soviet Infiltration of Hollywood

RCA Victor Program Transcriptions
Complete Discography

Audio Oddities: William S. Hart Seeks
a Lost Friend in Alaska (1930)

From Kodisk to Speak-O-Phone: Victor & A. T. Emerson
Launch the Instantaneous-Recording Industr

Victor Emerson's Personal
Photograph Album

Enrico Caruso's "MeToo" Moment:
The 1906 Monkey House Scandal

The Records Guglielmo Marconi Didn't Invent:
The Marconi Velvet Tone Story

Sam Moore: From "Laughing Rag" to
"Spooning and Ballooning" (and Beyond)

Efrain Bain's South American
Record Piracy Operation

Matson's Creole Serenaders Personnel Discovered
(The Cornetist Is Not Who Anyone Suspected)

Uncle Dave Macon: Newspaper Highlights,
1922 - 1952

American Record Corporation Marketing Materials
(1935 - 1937)

Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra:
Newspaper Highlights, 1924 - 1931

Cal Stewart (Unce Josh): Newspaper Highlights,
1892 - 1919

"Oh, That Damned Horn": Rosa Ponselle Talks About
Her Recordings (The James A. Drake Interviews)


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