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Hi:

First of all, here is some useful info on Presto disk recorders:
http://www.preservationsound.com/?p=3162
also this:
http://www.prestohistory.com/Presto.htm
and this:
https://the78rpmrecordspins.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/the-presto-history-page/

If the paper label on your disk was mostly white, I would date the recording from the early 1940s. 
Like this one:
http://www.edselmotors.com/vintagehepcats/acepics/presto2.JPG

By the mid-50's, Presto disks had an orange outline:
https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~hollyr/portfolio/projects/instadiscs/image/jpgs/label-presto-2hole.jpg

There was also an off-white color scheme in the early 50's:
https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~hollyr/portfolio/projects/instadiscs/image/jpgs/label-presto.jpg

If you can find old editions of the Presto Recorder newsletter, published by the company, you might 
find details of exactly when the label colors changed.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Karlsberg, Jesse Pearlman" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dating a Presto Recording Corp. Transcription Disc Label


> Hello ARSC friends,
>
> I'm trying to narrow in on the date of a recording on an acetate transcription disc of a Sacred 
> Harp singing in the collection of the Sacred Harp Museum in Carrollton, Georgia.  I gather that 
> the various companies that manufactured transcription discs occasionally redesigned the labels and 
> so am hoping that learning when this label was in production might help narrow the likely date 
> range for the recording.
>
> Does anyone on this list know of any resources for dating transcription discs on the basis of 
> their labels? Ours is an aluminum acetate disc with a Presto Recording Corp. label. I’ve uploaded 
> an image of the label to Google Drive here: 
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1ay4zmGql_ASUM3bHVsdjVxa1U/view?usp=sharing.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
>
> Best,
> Jesse
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