I have a 1945 "Complete Catalogue of Victor Records." It was probably the
first year since 1941 that an appreciable number of new listings and items
restored to availability.
In a message dated 4/23/2013 5:28:10 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
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I'm wondering if anyone could answer a question regarding RCA Victor's
catalog issued in May 1943, titled "Music America Loves Best." It was
only a selected catalog of their best records out of the several they
(probably) still had.
Why didn't they issue a general catalog in 1943? The next general
catalog they issued (that I know of) is 1948, and between 1943 and
1948, RCA issued supplements of records issued since "Music America
If RCA had more to offer than what they selected for "Music America
Loves Best," wouldn't they want to make more sales by issuing a
catalog of everything that was available?
According to the numerical list they issued for "Music America Loves
Best," they said that it shouldn't be confused with the general
numerical list (which I haven't found), and the numerical lists
afterwards ONLY apply to "Music America Loves Best."
I'm trying to confirm when two Arthur Pryor discs were withdrawn from
sale, "The Whistler and His Dog" and "The Jolly Coppersmith." The blue
history cards for the discs say they were cut in 1946, although none
of them appear in the selected 1943 catalog, and I have no other
source to verify other than these blue cards. Most Bluebird records
issued before 1942 were also withdrawn by 1945 (according to the
cards), but still, no other source supports this.
So any idea why they issued a "select" catalog instead of a general