The fact that these recordings were most likely recorded after the 1940's when home recording units became widely popular puts them out of reach.
Even the Victor home recordings of the 1930s blow it for you.
In the late 40s Packard Bell, Wilcox Gay made home units with the popular General Industries turntable and recording arm with an inexpensive magnetic head made by Shure. There were crystal and magnetic heads available.
The paper core recording discs were like 15¢ for the 8" and i think 25¢ for 10". There were also steel and aluminum core discs available.
During WW II there were recording booths, like instant photo booths, where you could make a 3" record and send it to service men.
The USO had free recoding booths at USO centers.
Every military base had recording machines for the troops to send messages back home.
Instant amateur recordings were a huge market at the time.
--- On Tue, 3/22/11, Phil Nohl <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Phil Nohl <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Thank You for responses to Unpublished Sound Recordings query
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 11:00 AM
> Thanks to all who have so far
> responded to my email.
> The following links have been forwarded to me.
> The report commissioned for and sponsored by The National
> Recording Preservation Board on Pre-1972 Copyrights is
> fascinating, though much still remains confusing to me. With
> amateur recordings, there are often no "recorded on" dates
> written on a label (and many times not even a full name).
> All that remains is the recording itself.
> Phil Nohl