I don't really have a super resourceful link to offer you, but I have been
enjoying the links others have been contributing as I recently acquired
some vintage paper postcard style records while I was in Poland during the
fall. I don't know a whole lot about them except friends have told me they
were very popular; they would see them all over the place when they were
So if curious, and you would like to see images of them, or hear some
"as-is" audio samples, I have put up a few of the ones I have here:
Other Minds Archive
otherminds.org | radiom.org
> I suppose when I'd conjured this idea for the topic I was thinking mostly
> of Hit of the Week records and later promotional paper laminate records
> like the ubiquitous Mad Magazine inserts and the "desirable" (in some tiny
> corner of the universe) Vox Wah Wah commercial. Obviously the format's
> history goes much deeper and wider.
> Thanks to everyone for their extremely helpful responses!