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Vintage Phonograph Advertisements 1895-1925

286 Total Pages - 280+ Illustrations
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ISBN 978-0-9973333-2-9
  

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Vintage Phonograph Advertisements,
1895 - 1925


Compiled and annotated by Allan Sutton
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vintage Phonograph Advertising presents some of the most interesting phono-related ads of the acoustic era, covering products from the commonly encountered to the impossibly rare.

You'll find the famous brands here - the Berliners, Edisons, Columbias, Victors, Zonophones, and the like - but also a fascinating array of long-forgotten (and now highly collectible) products, pictured in more than 280 professionally restored black-and-white ads, with informative captions. Chapters include:

  • Phonographs for the Home
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RCA Victor 78 Records: The Bluebird Discography, by John R. Bolig

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ISBN 978-0-9915279-5-3
 

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The Bluebird Discography: 1800 (8"/10"),
B-4900, B-5000, and B-6000 Series

By John R. Bolig
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The Bluebird Discography covers the first five years of domestic releases in RCA's popular budget-priced line (1932 - 1936).

As with all titles in Mainspring's Victor Discography Series, data in The Bluebird Discography were compiled from the original Victor Talking Machine Co., RCA Victor, and Gramophone Company recording ledgers and production files. To preserve the integrity of this original company data, no undocumented, speculative, or anecdotal material appears.

This volume also includes details for all Victor source recordings (in the case of reissued material) as well as all authorized issues on corresponding subsidiary, client, and foreign labels in 78-rpm format, including Electradisk, Montgomery Ward, Sunrise, Timely Tunes, Regal-Zonophone, and His Master's Voice, among others. Pirated reissues are not listed.

Other data include recording
and release dates, recording locations and studio names, master and take numbers, details of dubbed recordings, identification of pseudonymous or uncredited artists, composer and show/film credits, medley contents, and other fine details. With an illustrated history of Bluebird and the other RCA budget labels, user's guide, and artists and title indexes.

 

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Varisty and Royale 78 records - History and Discography
 
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ISBN 978-0-9915279-3-9
  

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Eli Oberstein's United States Record Corporation: A History and Discography,
1939 - 1940

By Allan Sutton & The Record Research Associates

Although Eli Oberstein's Varsity and Royale labels were hailed as promising new entries in 1939, his United States Record Corporation collapsed into bankruptcy a year later - but not before Oberstein managed to assemble a substantial, and often intriguing, catalog.

This volume covers USRC's complete 1939 - 1940 output (its many original recordings, as well as its sometimes-controversial reissues of material from Crown, Gennett, Paramount, Edison Bell, Ultraphone, and other labels). Listings of the reissued material identify the master sources, numbers, and takes; all prior releases; original recording and/or release dates; and (because most were issued under pseudonyms), identifications of the actual artists.

Other features include an illustrated USRC history; a balanced, objective look at Oberstein and his methods; a discussion of original-vs-dubbed masters based on selective comparative testing by the author and by the Record Research group; previously unpublished data on the European recordings used by Royale; and excerpts from original record reviews in period publications, including Jazz Information and The Steinway Review.
  

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Discography of Victor Recordings - Special Labels

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ISBN 978-0-9915279-0-8

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The Victor Discography: Victor Special Labels (1928 - 1941)

By John R. Bolig
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This fascinating new discography covers some of the scarcest and most collectible RCA and Victor products, compiled on-site from the original company recording and production files in the Sony archives (New York). Much of the data is published here for the first time and is not attainable from other print or online sources. This important addition to the Victor Discography Series covers:

 "Program Transcription" Long-Playing Records (with complete data on masters used for dubbing); Theater Records (Pict-Ur-Music,Special Effects, Theatre Records, and more); Picture Discs; Client and Budget Labels (Aurora, Electradisk, 4-H, Fox Movietone, Sunrise, Timely Tunes, and Yorkville); Advertising Records (specials for the Sale Department, RCA Radio Advertising Spots, and more).

From complete symphonies and grand operas to Western swing, hot dance bands, and the blues, this volume has something of interest to every collector of vintage RCA and Victor recordings.
 

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Pseudonyms on American Records 1892-1942 - Third Revised & Expanded Edition

496 total pages
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ISBN 978-0-9852004-9-7

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Pseudonyms on American Records, 1892 - 1942 (3rd Revised & Expanded Edition)

By Allan Sutton
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Since 1990, Pseudonyms on American Records has been helping dealers and advanced collectors avoid costly mistakes and spot the hidden treasures.

Now it's back, in a fully revised and substantially expanded edition that includes more than 60 additional pages of pseudonym listings, along with other new features. Over 6,200 aliases are unmasked on 17,000 cylinders, 78s, and transcriptions in all genres, from jazz and blues to opera - and now including American-produced ethnic and export records.

An important new feature is the addition of source citations for each entry - disclosing whether the identification was made from the original company files or other archival materials, correlation with corresponding non-pseudonymous issues, aural evidence, or reports from trusted secondary source.

Also included are a cross-reference listing by artist; recording artists' birth, legal, or married names; historical introduction; and user's guide.
  

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Emerson 78-rpm Records  - History and Discography
  

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Emerson Records : A History and Discography (Complete 10" / 12" Issues), 1919 - 1928

Data compiled by William R. Bryant
Edited and annotated by Allan Sutton

Covering all 10" and 12" Emerson series (including ethnic-catalog releases), along with detailed listings for all corresponding issues on other American and foreign labels.

360 total pages - Illustrated
7" x 10" quality softcover

ISBN 978-0-9852004-5-9

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American Zonophone 78 Records - Discography - William R. Bryant

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The American Zonophone Discography:
10"/12" General-Catalog Issues
(1904 - 1912)

  

By William R. Bryant


360 total pages - Illustrated
7" x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding)

ISBN 978-0-9852004-0-4
 
  

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A Phonograph in Every Home - History of American Recording 1900-1919

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A Phonograph in Every Home: Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1900 - 1919

By Allan Sutton
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

 

328 total pages - 100 illustrations 
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ISBN 978-0-9825595-2-9

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The Victor Discography Series

By John R. Bolig
 ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The Victor Discography Series is compiled on-site at Sony Archives (New York) from the original Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA Victor, and Gramophone Company documentation. These volumes offer the most accurate representation available of exactly what is, and is not, contained in the original Victor recording and production files. To preserve the integrity of the original company file data, no speculative, anecdotal, or undocumented material appears in these works.


"What distinguishes this discography is that the information originates entirely from original sources... It's simply a 'must-have' reference for the collector, discographer, and institutional librarian. John Bolig continues to raise the bar, setting new standards in discographical work." - The Record Collector (UK)

"Carefully prepared work... The true enthusiast cannot manage without all the resources mentioned here." - ARSC Journal

 
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The Victor Black Label Discography - Volume 1: 16000 & 17000 Series
 
472 total pages - Illustrated / 7" x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding) / ISBN 978-0-9772735-7-7

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The Victor Black Label Discography - Volume 3: 20000 & 21000 Series
 

424 total pages - Illustrated / 7" x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding) / ISBN 978-0-9825595-1-2
 

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The Victor Red Seal Discography - Volume 1:
Complete Single-Sided Issues, 1903 - 1924

 
448 total pages - Illustrated / 7" x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding) / ISBN 0-9671819-8-4
 

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Indestructible & U-S Everlasting Cylinders - History and Cylinderography
  

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Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography


By Kurt Nauck & Allan Sutton

 
288 total pages - 50 illustrations (24 pages in color)
6" x 9" hardcover with dust-jacket

ISBN 978-0-9825595-7-4

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Edison Cylinder Records - Brown-Wax, Concert, Gold Moulded

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ISBN 978-0-9915279-7-7

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Edison Two-Minute and Concert Cylinders: American Series, 1897 - 1912

Compiled from the original Edison documentation
by
Allan Sutton

The first study of Edison 2-minute cylinders to be compiled from Edison's factory plating ledgers, studio cash books, remake and deletion notices, catalogs, supplements, trade publications,etc., along with first-hand visual and aural inspection of the original recordings. All U.S.-series issues are covered, including Grand Opera.

This is the only guide that can help you distinguish the original Edison two-minute issues from later (and often more common) remakes. Unlike previously published guides, which list only the initial versions, this volume shows all known versions, with release dates and distinguishing details for each.

You'll find details that have never before appeared in a modern work, including factory plating dates for brown-wax pantograph masters and early Gold Moulded masters, which provide valuable clues to the long-lost recording dates. Other features include an illustrated, footnoted history of the Edison cylinder during the National Phonograph Company period, a detailed user's guide, and artist and title indexes.  

 

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Edison Amberol Cylinders - Cylinder Records 1908-1913
 

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Edison Amberol Cylinders: Complete American and Foreign Issues, 1908 - 1913
  

Compiled from the original Edison documentation
by
Allan Sutton

Full details from the original Edison documentation for all U.S. and foreign-series Amberol four-minute wax cylinders, including the final, little-known 1913 foreign releases, all corresponding Blue Amberol reissues, release dates and more.

 

256 total pages - Illustrated
7" x 10" quality softcover

ISBN 978-0-9852004-4-2

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Edison Blue Amberol Cylinders - Complete Discography
  

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Edison Blue Amberol Cylinders: Complete American, Foreign, and Special-Use Issues, 1912 - 1929

Compiled from the original Edison documentation
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Allan Sutton


448 total pages - Illustrated
7" x 10" hardcover (cloth library binding)

ISBN 978-0-9822595-0-5

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LITTLE WONDER AND BUBBLE BOOK 78 RECORDS - HISTORY & DISCOGRAPHY
  

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Little Wonder Records and Bubble Books:
An Illustrated History and Discography

By Tim Brooks
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With Merle Sprinzen
  

232 total pages - 50 illustrations 
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ISBN 978-0-9825595-9-8
 

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