[Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard

Hans Koert koerthchkz at zeelandnet.nl
Sun Dec 4 22:50:05 PST 2005

Dear Bill,

Don't mix-up the 1950s-60s "soundsheets" as were available in magazines,
made by firms like "Sound For Industry (In England). It was made of a thin
paper like  plastic and played 45 or 33rpm. Some were a bit thicker. The
other flexible records were made in the late 1920s and 1930s and made of a
kind of acetate. Of course you must have heard about the Hit of the week
card board records ( card board with a surface of durium acetate), but other
well known labels are Flexo, Goodson or Filmophone. The Packard-Bell
Phonocord seems to be from the 1940s - 1950s and was used for recordings.

Flexible records: http://members.lycos.nl/keepswinging/flex.htm

Keep swinging

Hans Koert
jazz projects: www.people.zeelandnet.nl/koerthchkz

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Van: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]Namens Bill Gunter
Verzonden: zondag 4 december 2005 22:34
Aan: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Onderwerp: RE: [Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard

Ringwald writes:

>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 recordings.  Some of them were distributed in magazines -
you'd just tear out the page a stick it on your turntable and play it. It
was good only for a limited number of playings.

I don't recall, however, if they were 78s or 45s or LPs or what. But they
were certainly flimsier than standard recordings. As I recall, they were
like cardboard with a plastic coating of some sort.  It'll be interesting to
find out just what they were made of.


Bill Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

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