This is a picture of probably the oldest record in my collection, and I was wondering how old it was exactly.
According to the Almost Complete 78 rpm Record Dating Guide by Steven C Barr it should be from 1901, because the matrix number is 512-8-8.
For example, very early 1900s Caruso recordings on Victor Red Seal remained in the catalog for decades so you can find copies of such recordings with examples of all of the various label design changes that took place during those years.
The same is also pretty common on successful records issued in the year or two before Victor changed from the its "scroll" label design to its "circular" label design in 1937.
But also engraved in the wax is the following text: "patented nov 25, 1902".
Also, according to the label, Columbia apparently won a Grand Prize in St. It is a single sided record, and since Columbia started making double-faced records in 1908, my best guess is that this record dates from the 1904-1908 period.
August 17, 1993 The Almost Complete 78 RPM Record Dating Guide (II). As it is, he at least gives us a prominent, detailed index which indicates where to look for all the pieces. The scope of coverage of this new is awe‑inspiring.
Published and distributed by Yesterday Once Again, P. Although this new edition is better organized than its predecessors, it still suffers from “scattered‑information‑syndrome.” For example, in the case of Columbia a helpful two‑page history of the label is found on pp. 25‑31, descriptions of label types on p.150, an explanation of the “W” (electrical) symbol on p.166, and a listing of matrix series appearing on other labels on pp. Additionally, labels are not presented in alphabetical order but rather in one of eight sections organized by era, “major” vs. Perhaps the author would consider for a future edition rearranging his listings into one big alphabetical list, A‑Z, with all information on each label grouped together in one place.
And of course only modern lightweight pickups can be used on vinyl pressings such as those produced by Historic Masters: not even thorns can be used without damage.
However, the upside is that such pressings can produce quite stunning results when reproduced on good, simple equipment.
To play 78s you need the following equipment: Turntable: The first item you will need is a suitable turntable with variable speed.
It distributed other American labels, including Epic with the prefix EPC, and Portrait with the prefix PRT, which CBS owned, and Philadelphia International Records also known by its prefix PIR, and A&M (1970s), prefixed AMS.
In 1981, the first series of four digits ran out (with CBS 9999), after which CBS simply started all over again but this time adding an "A" before the four digits.