First of all, here is some useful info on Presto disk recorders:
If the paper label on your disk was mostly white, I would date the recording from the early 1940s.
Like this one:
By the mid-50's, Presto disks had an orange outline:
There was also an off-white color scheme in the early 50's:
If you can find old editions of the Presto Recorder newsletter, published by the company, you might
find details of exactly when the label colors changed.
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dating a Presto Recording Corp. Transcription Disc Label
> Hello ARSC friends,
> I'm trying to narrow in on the date of a recording on an acetate transcription disc of a Sacred
> Harp singing in the collection of the Sacred Harp Museum in Carrollton, Georgia. I gather that
> the various companies that manufactured transcription discs occasionally redesigned the labels and
> so am hoping that learning when this label was in production might help narrow the likely date
> range for the recording.
> Does anyone on this list know of any resources for dating transcription discs on the basis of
> their labels? Ours is an aluminum acetate disc with a Presto Recording Corp. label. I’ve uploaded
> an image of the label to Google Drive here:
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD
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