It was from around 1910-12.If you recall,the Oxford label was introduced in 1909. Roger "Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" > I once was looking through one of those old reprints of a Sear's catalog from the early 1910s,and I clearly recall seeing an ad for records of field hollers,with a photo of blacks in a cotton field.I may have actually heard somebody play these once.The Sear's Oxford label,that issued these,were pressed by Columbia. Wasn't it Columbia,that issued the famous Booker T. Washington cylinders ? > Well, during this early era, there were a number of records of "Negro spitituals," in many cases performed by Black artists! However, I don't recall there having been a reprint of a Sears catalog from the "'teens"...I used to have reprints of the 1902 and 1908 catalogs, and IIRC there was one from (c.?) 1927. Were the records cylinders or discs? If the latter, they MAY be listed in the "Abrams files"...either COLZERO.C8T or a .MX file... Steven C. Barr --------------------------------- Ahhh...imagining that irresistible "new car" smell? Check outnew cars at Yahoo! Autos.