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, "pdqblues" <PDQBlues@a...> wrote:
> Recently, I picked up a few 78s that perplexed me. There was a
> handful a blue-colored, one-sided shellac discs from the American
> Record Company with a very beautiful label. The label features
> colored artwork depicting a Native American with a smoking pipe
> listening to an early disc phonograph. A quick search on the Internet
> mentioned that these discs were produced from 1904 to 1908. The
> business was closed after unfavorable judgments on patents, which the
> American Record Company had violated from Emile Berliner, Columbia
> Records, and the Victor Talking Machine Company.
It's a coincidence that you picked up an ARC record along with the
ARCo records (that's temporary discographic shorthand for the
Hawthorne, Sheble & Prescott products.) There is no relationship
between the two companies. ARC was a conglomerate of failed labels
that weathered the depression, whereas ARCo was litigated out of
existence long before ARC opened its doors.
I helped to institute the discography Tyrone Settelmaier has published at
Some of these ARCo products are apparently one of a kind, and I would
appreciate it if you were to send the pertinent data from your records
to Ty for inclusion at
Uncle Dave Lewis
> However, also with this bunch was a 12-inch one-sided radio
> transcription disc form the American Record Corporation. The label is
> somewhat plain with minor flowery circles, with "American Record
> Corporation of California, 6624 Romaine St. Hollywood." The front
> label also indicates that this record company presses records but
> doesn't make the recordings. The printed back is very ornate, with
> similar information and address, but also includes "Electrical
> I can find no other information about this record. This ARC does not
> seem to be associated with the other, well-known ARC that formed in
> 1929, which was located in NY and eventually bought up every record
> company except RCA Victor during the depression.
> Can anyone offer some information about this record, and the company
> that produced it?
> Thanks for any help you can offer.