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The Victor Talking Machine Company and its founder, Eldridge R Johnson, rate a museum in Delaware.Thanks in no small part to that clever painting of a puzzled terrier peering into the horn of an old phonograph seeking “His Master’s Voice,” the Victor legend has spread far and wide.Those pressings are laminated - they are basically Viva-Tonals with a Brunswick or Melotone label.As you have probably noticed, records from the 1920s and 1930s pressed by Columbia such as Viva-Tonals, electrical Okehs, Harmony, etc are a higher quality product and much quieter than standard Brunswicks and other ARC labels.For example, a 1930 Columbia issue which stayed in the catalog would have initially been pressed as a standard Viva-Tonal - but you might find examples pressed in the Royal Blue shellac that Columbia switched to in late 1932.The very early blue wax discs still used the old black Viva-Tonal labels, and when those labels ran out, a blue label was used.Hi Dismuke, Thank you very much for your explanation. The only way of being able to date a later pressing is by any changes that might have been made in label design or pressing materials during the time since the initial pressing.
Usually this occurs after the original issue has been out of print for a while. For instance, if that particular recording had been paired up with another recording when Columbia brought out double sided discs in 1908, that would qualify as a reissue.
Those very early Columbia recordings can also be confusing in that, when Columbia came out with its double disc records in 1908, a great many of those early recordings were paired up and issued under a new catalog number.
Their old catalog number, however, appears on the label as the matrix number.
When Columbia discontinued the blue shellac, the blue label continued to be used but on black shellac.
In this case, a 1930 pressing might be significantly easier to find than the other variations because, during the Depression, sales for Columbia were horrible, and the entire company actually ended up being sold to the American Record Corporation for a mere ,000, which was a bargain price even in the Depression.
Columbia pressings become increasingly rare as the 1930s progressed (until of course, after ARC was bought out by CBS in 1938, after which they became as common as dirt).