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I'd love to find out what the Mercury smell is (a type of glue, or the ink 
used?).  If I found out, I'd make a bottle and apply it to all the classical 
records in the collection.  I think it's something in the litho process.  It 
seems to come from the jacket (to me).  I'll smell the labels and see if 
that presents a stronger smell.
Phillip
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Don Tait" <[log in to unmask]>
 And the pungent scent of
> Mercury LPs from that time? I remember that at the record store I 
> patronized,
> one always knew one was near the Mercuries because one could smell them. 
> The
> scent seemed to come from something used on their labels because when they
> issued some Philips-licensed things beginning around 1961 (Richter, 
> Mengelberg)
> the records had the same unique, pungent scent.
>
>  A pointless thing, probably. Sorry.