[Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 4 13:45:13 PST 2005

Hi all,

Ringwald raised an interesting (well, to me anyway) subject about those 
flimsy, cardboard like recordings back in the 50s.

I just recalled that about that time (perhaps in the late 40s (around the 
end of WWII) you could go into those so called "penny arcades" (remember 
them) and they would have a booth where you could record your voice on a 
flimsy and flexible disk that you could mail home to your girlfriend or 
parents (I remember sending one home when I was in the Navy back about 1946 
or 47 - I think).  What were those things made of? I can't remember but they 
were sure cheep!

When my father died I was going through some of his collected stuff and 
there was that old flimsy record I had cut so many years before. It was 
unplayable but it was evident that it had been played a lot. It was sort of 

I guess we thought that was pretty high tech stuff back then.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

>From: "Robert S. Ringwald" <robert at ringwald.com>
>To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard
>Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 12:37:03 -0800
>I have an argument going, well not exactly an argument, a friendly 
>discussion, with Mad Dawg.  He claims the material that the Bing Crosby out 
>take would have been pressed on is cardboard with some sort of plastic 
>coating like what home made records were made of back in the 50s.  I 
>remember those as my parents had one of those turntables.
>As I remember, the flexible 78 that my grandmother had was more like a LP. 
>I don't think it was cardboard but it could have been as Mad Dawg says, 
>cardboard with a coating of something.
>In an post from Bill Haussler, who also had that recording, Bill says it 
>was acetate.  Is acetate, cardboard?  Or what they make LPs out of?  or was 
>acetate the hard material that most 78s were made out of?
>--Bob Ringwald K6YBV
>The Fulton Street Jazz Band
>The Boondockers (Jazz and Comedy)
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