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ARSCLIST April 2007

Subject:

Re: Sounds of Slavery

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

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 29 Apr 2007 00:39:32 -0400

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
> It was from around 1910-12.If you recall,the Oxford label was introduced in
1909.
>
1906, actually...when it replaced the Harvard label on both cylinders
and discs sold by Sears & Roebuck. Sometime after 1908, Oxford was in
turn replaced by Silvertone...which lasted until mid-1916, when
Columbia temporarily quit pressing client labels, and Sears catalogs
temporarily offered only Columbia records. Oxford was sourced from
Columbia...Victor (via Zonophone)...and, possibly, the American Record
Company.

Silvertone reappeared in late 1919, now pressed by Federal (and sharing
their catalog-number sequence). In 1924, Federal was acquired by Emerson,
who continued the Federal matrix-number sequence for a few months...and
Sears began using just about every record company (except Victor) as a
source for Silvertone discs. From c.1930 onward, Sears dropped their
bewildering array of labels, keeping only Conqueror (pressed by ARC and
then CBS). Sometime in 1942, as a result of a change in record-buying
(from "records of a specific song" to "records of a specific song as
performed by a specific artist"...!) Sears dropped Conqueror, and listed
only major-label "hit" records and albums. The Silvertone name briefly
reappeared in the guise of "Silvertone Record Club" in 1946, using discs
pressed by a so-far-unknown Chicago source...but thereafter joined the
list of "forgotten record labels"...

Steven C. Barr

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