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From: "D P Ingram" <[log in to unmask]>
> On 19 maj 2007, at 05.22, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> > 2) One hopes that these "typed lists" can/will be scanned and placed
> > on a web site...one more step toward my dream of an "ultimate 78-
> > related
> > discographic database!"
> If people can save their typing fingers until later in the "fall" I
> may have a solution :)
That would be MOST definitely appreciated! Aside from anything else, I
have a large box containing auction lists (which I bought cheaply from
Bill Frase's list...!). However, most of the "privately-published"
listings are British (the homeland of [Sir - IMHO] Brian Rust) and never
existed in more than a handful of copies; as well, any OCR attempts may
be foiled by the inherent inaccuracy of mimeography...?!
Our first task probably should be establishing how many, and which,
78 labels have existing lists. Further, I have a fairly complete
collection of (RCA) Victor records from 1912 to 1942 (I actually
have, or used to, a number of post-WWII catalogs, but have yet to
find them after a badly-mishandled move a decade ago...!).
David Diehl's web site does offer a listing (or his attempt at one)
of which labels have been documented. As well, we have the "Abrams
Files" as another basic source (after carefully editing out typos
However, from c.1944 onward, the proliferation of recording studios
and pressing facilities created a major expansion in the number of
"record labels"...including any number of such which may have issued
a hundred or less copies of their discs...! In fact, some of those
records may have no surviving copies!
Steven C. Barr