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ARSCLIST  February 2004

ARSCLIST February 2004

Subject:

Re: Victor record catalogs...

From:

"Steven C. Barr" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Feb 2004 23:45:47 -0500

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Graham Newton" <[log in to unmask]>
> Here are two nice clean Victor catalogs on EBAY:
>
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2228541294&category=38030
> 1943 Catalog of Victor and Bluebird records
> Red Seal, Victor and Bluebird records "The Music America Loves Best"
> Over 500 pages, this HUGE catalog has a variety of alphabetically listed
> sections including Orchestras, Vocal Artists, Composers etc., and a title
> index of the records produced by Victor. It contains cover photos of many
> of the album sets available in 1943, and is a storehouse of information
> about RCA Victor's recorded music offerings not seen in other similar
> catalogs of the era.
> This gently used book is in excellent condition, its binding is intact and
> pages are in clean condition. As with any 60+ year old book like this,
the
> edges of the pages are browned but not brittle.
>
>
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2228537060&category=38030
> 1924 catalog of Victor Records
> This scarce 80 year old book contains listings of Victor's Black and Blue
> label records that were available at the time. It is a strictly
alphabetical
> listing by title and artist making it easy to find what you are looking
for,
> and includes pictures of artists of the day with biographical sketches of
> them, and a detailed listing of Dance records is included, broken out by
type.
> Its pages are un-numbered but I estimate it contains over 100 pages. This
> book is in excellent condition, its binding is intact and pages are in
clean
> un-deteriorated condition. There is a small slight stain on the very edge
of
> the pages, but doesn't extend into the page and for the most part, can't
be
> seen with the page open. The cover is embossed with the "His Master's
Voice"
> logo with Nipper.
Got them both! Note that the first one is a large-format book, like a Ward's
catalog, and combines both Victor and Bluebird (which had separate
catalogs).
The second one is the only Victor catalog NOT to include Red Seal records...
these had just been paired and reissued in double-sided form, which might
explain why the had their own catalog that year.

The first is slightly overpriced, though not greatly so...the second is
well worth the asking price unless bid way up.

Sadly, there are very few common catalogs I don't have, with one glaring
exception...I lost, or lost track of, all my postwar US (RCA) Victor
catalogs back in my 1997 move...
Steven C. Barr

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