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Columbia Demonstration Record

February 22nd, 2019

Finally, here’s a fascinating rare little find - an early to mid-30s demonstration disc for stations, advertising inexpensive syndicated series they could obtain on Columbia Royal Blue transcriptions.

An unidentified announcer is heard introducing each selection and reminding the listener of the high quality of the programs and the transcriptions.  On side one of the disc, we hear excerpts from “Pick & Pat Minstrels” and “Reminiscences of Victor Herbert”.  On side two are excerpts from “Viennese Nights” and “Omar, the Wizard of Persia”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original 12” Royal Blue laminated Columbia pressing, matrix numbers 230610 and 230611, running at 33 1/3 rpm and playing inside-out.  This appears to be a previously lost little piece of radio memorabilia.  Unfortunately, the brochure that accompanied the disc is long gone.

Anyone know if the particular episodes of the series heard in the demo survive in their complete form?

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