The reason the shellac was worse in the early 1940s was Indonesia, where the
shellac beatle abides, was occupied by the Japanese who were not the best of
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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Listing of RCA Victor Z-scrolls?
>I don't know if there was a specific list, but it's my understanding that
>theze "z" pressings were made as a requirement of the Carnegie Libraries.
>Other companies were required to upgrade their pressing quality as well,
>even Brunswick. I believe Victor continued to use the same high-grade
>shellac for all Red Seal pressings after the Scroll era and until 1940 when
>the prices were cut in half, drop automatic became standard and the
>industry went to hell.
> Clark Johnsen wrote:
>> As many of us know, these were the finest editions from the Victor
>> ever offered, made exclusively (I'm told) for libraries and radio
>> The quality of the shellac compound even makes these spinners
>> *look*shinier, almost immediately detectable at a glance.
>> Does anyone know about a listing of which titles/numbers were made
>> in Z-scroll? Even better would be a note of how many were issued of each!
>> Finally it's my understanding that after the scroll-label-era no such
>> special editions were offered, although I'd like to find myself