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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ying-fen Wang" <[log in to unmask]>
> The reason why I asked is because I have heard that if stored vertically 
> and
> exposed to sunlight for too long, the 78s may peel off like onion. Also, 
> the
> old record storage cabinets were designed for about 10 78s to be placed
> horizontally in one drawer (it would be bad for the 78s if over 10 are
> stacked horizontally together). For example:
> http://page10.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/m67473195
>
This COULD happen if they are/were "laminated" records (the
standard form of Columbia/ARC discs). Early record cabinets
were designed to store a maximum (assumed!) number of records
in a minimum amount of floor space...and VERY few folks back
then had large numbers (i.e. a hundred or so?) of phonograph
records! In fact, Victor machines came with (IIRC) 12 albums,
each with room for twelve records...or 144 all told!

I have about 55,050 78's, which I store in around 400 or so
"milk boxes" (the plastic boxes in which dairy products are
shipped and wholesaled!). These are all stored vertically,
in label-then-number order. The only unfortunate incidents
I have experienced came about through partially-filled milk
boxes...which allowed records to "fall over," often causing
them to impact the "handle area" of their milk box, which
causes a pair of "edge bites" at around +15 and -15 degrees!

Steven C. Barr