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Hi Thomas,
"Seventy Eight Years Of Issues" is a fairly basic listing of most of the
historic reissues of vocal celebrity discs. It does have some background
history but more detail  would have improved the book. Unfortunately some
reissues particularly on Victor are not included. There are also several
phantom issues listed - a particular problem with William Speckin's HRS
where certain discs were ordered from Odeon in Berlin and assigned
catalogue numbers but the discs were never delivered.
Concerning the Addison Foster reissues - I think the 3 Columbia Historical
Series discs date to 1951 and the AGS Series to 1953.
Historic Masters does appear to be moribund. I have all the issues and
there has been no news of further issues for some years now.
Best Wishes
Mike Quinn

On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Michael,
>   Thanks for the details.
>   There is a book SEVENTY YEARS OF ISSUES
> about the various projects reprinting "78s"  - IRCC, HRS, AGS, etc.
> HISTORICAL MASTERS was doing this, but seems to be dormant now - anyone
> know for sure ???
>   Does anyone have that book - is the
> Columbia AF series listed ??
>   There is a ROSA PONSELLE LP, copyright
> 1951 by Addison Foster (GOLDEN LEGEND LP 1201), Columbia XTV stampers
> non-consecutive numbers.  From 1918-23 recordings.  This would have been
> co-existent with Foster's American Gramophone
> Society (AGS A, B) 78 pressings.  Does
> anyone know of any other LP's issued
> by Foster ???  Thanks!
>   Best wishes, Thomas.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Columbia Historical Series 78rpm discs - AF prefix
>
> Hi Thomas,
> Here as some details. The matrix numbers were confirmed from the discs but
> the recording dates come from published sources.
>
> AF 1   PONSELLE, Rosa (soprano)
>
>         La Juive: Il va venir (Halevy)
>
>          98096-3 Recorded 11th January 1924
>
>         Lohengrin: Einsam in truben Tagen (Wagner)
>
>          98093-1 Recorded 21st September 1923
>
>  Both sides previously unpublished
>
>
>
> AF 2   FREMSTAD, Olive (soprano)
>
>         Tosca: Vissi d'arte (Puccini)
>
>          30644-1 Recorded 21st January 1911
>
>          Issued as Columbia 30644
>
>          Historical Reissue - IRCC 74
>
>         Tannhauser: Dich, teure Halle (Wagner)
>
>          30635-2 Recorded 21st January 1911
>
>          Issued as Columbia 30635
>
>          Historical Reissue - IRCC 12
>
>
>
> AF 3   FREMSTAD, Olive (soprano)
>
>         Lohengrin: Einsam in truben Tagen (Wagner)
>
>          30645-1 Recorded 30th January 1911
>
>          Issued as Columbia 30645
>
>          Historical Reissue - IRCC 12
>
>        NORDICA, Lillian (soprano)
>
>         Mignon: Je suis Titania (Thomas)
>
>          30661-1 Recorded 2nd February 1911
>
>          Issued as Columbia 30661
>
>
>
> Notes - The 3 Fremstad items appear to be the only Fremstad metals to have
> survived at Bridgeport into
>
> the 1930s. These metals were possibly destroyed when
>
> a major cull of original parts occurred in more recent times.
> The Columbia Historical Series may have been some form of answer to the
> Victor Heritage Series. As the Victor series seems to have been a
> comparative failure that may account for the brevity of the Columbia
> Historical Series. Addison Foster managed much better with a later reissue
> project  - the extensive AGSA & AGSB series pressed by HMV on shellac in
> the UK in the early 1950s.
> Best Wishes
> Mike Quinn
>
> On Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > I would appreciate any information about this series, catalog numbers,
> > matrix, details, recording and issue date, label scans - I have seen
> > listings for
> >
> >
> >
> > AF1  Rosa Ponselle  Il va Venir (LA JUIVE)/Elsas Traum (LOHENGRIN)
> >
> >
> >
> > AF3  Olive Fremstad and Lillian Nordica -
> >
> >
> >
> > AF appears to stand for ADDISON FOSTER, Philadelphia based founder
> >
> > of the AMERICAN GRAMOPHONE SOCIETY.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Best wishes, Thomas.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>