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The reason the shellac was worse in the early 1940s was Indonesia, where the 
shellac beatle abides, was occupied by the Japanese who were not the best of 
sharers.

Steve Smolian

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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Listing of RCA Victor Z-scrolls?


>I don't know if there was a specific list, but it's my understanding that 
>theze "z" pressings were made as a requirement of the Carnegie Libraries. 
>Other companies were required to upgrade their pressing quality as well, 
>even Brunswick. I believe Victor continued to use the same high-grade 
>shellac for all Red Seal pressings after the Scroll era and until 1940 when 
>the prices were cut in half, drop automatic became standard and the 
>industry went to hell.
>
> dl
>
> Clark Johnsen wrote:
>> As many of us know, these were the finest editions from the Victor 
>> catalog
>> ever offered, made exclusively (I'm told) for libraries and radio 
>> stations.
>> The quality of the shellac compound even makes these spinners
>> *look*shinier, almost immediately detectable at a glance.
>>
>> Does anyone know about a listing of which titles/numbers were made 
>> available
>> in Z-scroll? Even better would be a note of how many were issued of each!
>>
>> Finally it's my understanding that after the scroll-label-era no such
>> special editions were offered, although I'd like to find myself
>> contradicted.
>>
>> clark
>>