The lacquer coated aluminum disc was introduced late in 1934. In the middle of the depression, not everyone converted to the new format. I had a client whose run of uncoated aluminum discs ended on December 6, 1941 as the engineer enlisted on the 8th. Aluminum soon became an unavailable-to-the-public war material which doomed that format. I appraised the collection of the heirs to the fellow who ran the studio that used uncoated aluminums and had a recording service that recorded off-the-air for clients. He kept one to dub for others who might have been interested in the same broadcast and published some catalogs as the collection expanded. About 1942, he kept the ones related to what he felt were important events and donated the rest to a scrap drive.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] aluminum record
I just won an uncoated 10" aluminum record at eBay. I bought it only to have an example in my collection. The record seems to be pre-grooved, but on the use side only. I've heard of pre-grooving but not as late as the label suggests, which would nave been sometime around 1942. I'm surprised that the embossing machine was even in use that late at an in house studio.
The label is a whole 'nother story. The disc was recorded at/for Radio Recording Studio (RRS) which was located at 1619 Broadway in New York City. The phone number is Columbus 5-9037 and, yup, that would be in the Brill Building. For the 5 bucks I paid for it I'm happy just to have the label!
The handwritten title on the red and cream label is "Celeste - Aida"
and the artist is as "Sung by Chauncey."
Any further info on this label and/or recording studio would be gratefully accepted.