From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
a good friend says "anything worth doing is worth doing badly". What he means
is "even badly". If we were always waiting for the ideal, we would not get
off the ground. This means that even b/w images of labels will be better than
no pictures of labels at all.
That said, like for all non-professional digitization of images, scans of
labels is a very mixed bag indeed, because the original scanner has in most
cases not been calibrated, i.e. we do not know whether the parameters hue,
saturation, and lightness (to keep it simple) are correctly represented by
the digital codes. The minimum that ought to be done is to enclose a scan of
a colour calibration chart with every batch of label scans.
This calibration ought to carry over into digital printing, i.e. the printed
image is supposed to present the same information as the original label. The
same goes for the monitors used in the processes. Professional photographers
and printers obviously know how to do this, and that is why you pay quite a
lot for this.
I would like to mention a German work that does some of what we are
544 pages, abt. 4400 b/w- und colored images
Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2009
Price 99,00 Euro
Frank Wonneberg is a graphics designer, he was the publisher of the German
magazine 'Living Vinyl' and the title of the books means 'vinyl label
knowledge', although there is a wordplay on 'label customer'. And the
knowledge goes as far as discussing matrix numbers for establishing the
pressing plant. 100 record companies, with dependent companies, matrix
exchange agreements and label series are discussed in great detail, and the
beautiful thing is that label variants with their respective dates, are also
given. The book is produced to the highest standards, and it is a goldmine of
information. It can only become better by criticism. Vinyl collecting is such
that it is difficult to do without at least some basic reading skills in
For the collector of older material (only slightly spilling over into the
vinyl era) I can recommend a privately issued book, which deals with a
supplementary way of dating pressings:
The World-wide Catalogue & Handbook of Stamps issued under Copyright Acts
208 pages, on the average 4 pictures per page
Scratchy Productions, Wellington, N.Z. 2007
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Label picture catalog?
> From: Shai Drori <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, January 18, 2010 11:44 am
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Why don't we all start a collaborative work so that each adds his scans
> of labels?
> There are already a number of such sites, such as Glenn Longwell's
> He also has a good bibliography at the foot of the home page, and a
> links page that goes to several other sites with label pages such as
> Allen Sutton's Mainspring Press and Peter Muldavin's Kiddie Record King.
> There also is a list 78-Label . I don't have the subscription info at
> hand, though, but it might be a Yahoo group. These do deal with 78s
> mostly, of course. But these would be the model for a microgroove site.
> Maybe you can start it Shai -- it would need a moderator!
> Mike (don't look at me, I have too much to do) Biel [log in to unmask]
> Michael Biel wrote:
> > A VERY detailed work-in-progress study of classical microgroove labels
> > is Labelography by Peter Fulop of Mikrokosmos. Details are available at
> > http://mikrokosmos.com/labelography.html It is based on loose-leaf
> > plastic sheets with cards that you insert which enables updating and
> > expansion as more details are developed. Label variations are a major
> > aspect of this project, with details that most overlook. The fact that
> > this is expensive shows that it might be best to do projects like this
> > on-line, but such a thing was not possible when Peter began this
> > project, and I suppose that this is the reason he has not been
> > proceeding as rapidly as he original envisioned.
> > 78 labels are more covered in print with separate books on Victor by
> > Michael Sherman and Columbia by Sherman Kurt Nauck, and American Record
> > Labels and Companies (ARLIE) which is being revised by Allen Sutton and
> > Kurt Nauck. Of course there are many on-line sites with hundreds of
> > color label pictures.
> > Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> > ------ Original Message --------
> > From: Doug Henkle <[log in to unmask]>
> > Has anyone ever published a comprehensive definitive book of label
> > pictures/scans IN COLOR for LP's or 45's?
> > I am working on my page,
> > http://www.folklib.net/index/discog/labels/wi_labels_45s_tn.shtml
> > and plan to add 60+ more different Wisconsin based and other labels
> > scanned
> > from my collection of Wisconsin artist 45's. I'm just curious if someone
> > has ever published such a resource like this before. None of the books I
> > own or have seen have large numbers of color pictures of labels.
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