Yes I was aware of that as I have a couple in my collection including 84001, The Rigoletto Quartet that I previously mentioned. If you are lucky enough to get these with the original paper sleeves, they will have pasted on labels with the info of each side. Harry Humphrey seemed to do a lot of the "speaking" recordings for Edison, such as 'Lincoln's Gettysburg address and' 'The Night Before Christmas.'
I can't speak for all of them Shane, but the ones I have just say "Explanatory Talk" in the label area. I'll dig up a few and post some pix. As for how many were released, I'll have to see if I can get an approx. number.
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 8, 2007 8:35:47 GMT -5
Hi Bill, If you get a chance, do you what to have a look and see if you have 82540- "O du mein holder Abendstern"- Tannhauser. I've got this one, but the talk side has no label. It's blank from the end of the recording to the spindle hole, apart from the matrix number being scratched into the dead wax, as is normal. I was just wondering if all of this disc number was issued without the "Explanatory talk" label you spoke of. I was thinking it might be one of the earlier releases of this sort of talk and music record, and they mightn't have been given a label to start with, unless somehow a few slipped through without one, though weren't the labels part of the recording stamper anyway?
BTW: No hurry of course- just next time you've got to go through them for some reason. I know how time consuming it can be, when you've got hundreds of records to look through.
Post by gramophoneshane on Feb 8, 2007 14:14:35 GMT -5
Its the incised label Bill. The song side has the 2 shields with Edison's face in the right shield and "this patented record etc" in the left shield. It also has "A10" pressed in the label down the bottom, under Edison's signiture.