24 June 2008

Mawson Antarctic Expedition

Salle E. Douglas from Australia sent me an image of a rare flexible Goodson Records Advertising Record. It is a copy of a record dedicated to the Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1929.

She writes: My father was a member of this Antarctic and I have 3 Goodson records - each seems to have one song per side - three of the songs are "Let's Pretend", "Girl Friend" and the "French Song"

This record reads: Presented to the Mawson Antarctic Expedition 1929. In the centre is a picture of a three masted ship "The Discovery".
Sir Douglas Mawson was an explorer and geologist and his first expedition to Antarctica was in 1907 with the Shackleton expedition. Between 1929 and 1931 he was the leader of this expedition and it seems likely, Arthur Badrock says, that Goodson Company presented some Goodson Records to the crew and of course a gramophone to take them on their journey. The record has no visible matrix number, so I can't tell you what tune is on the front, although Sally says that there is none on the front, the groove is very clear visible as usual. On the reverse should be the tune Oh You Have No Idea by the Southern Melody Serenaders, a Fred Hall Orchestra with Irving Kaufman as the vocalist.
It is interesting that she says that she owns two more Goodsons, including Let's Pretend, which could be 31283-1 ( by the Pennsylvania Melody Syncopators (prob. also a Fred Hall recording with Irving Kaufman) ( Goodson 101 or 7007. She forwarded me scans of both other records which have the same "label" as the one above (with the Discovery). I hope to inform you later about what's on it, when I have more info. !!

Thanks Sally for sharing this great rare Goodson with us. hope you can send me the scans of the reverses.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert



07 June 2008

Unknown Italian Cardboard Record

I received two scans of a two-sided cardboard record from Franco Malatesta from Italy. The record is made of ( Durium-like) card board and both sides are well illustrated.

Franco writes: This is the A side: "Faccetta Nera". For both record I don't know who the singer is, and even the band that plays. The matrix number is visible: for this is C 8652 (stamped as typing machine)

The woman, framed behind the banjo player, seems to me Josephine Baker and the banjo player looks like a vaudeville artist with blacked face. ( Hans Koert)

On this one, Franco continues, the matrix number is hand written: 6525.
The other information is that the ink stamp says: " Fox Trott OCCHIONI BLU - Canzone Cantata - Savini Zerboni - side" (translated as "Fox Trot BIG BLUE EYES - vocal song - Savini Zerboni side").
At this side of the record the card board looks like the Durium card board, but Durium only used black and white drawings on its reverse and never colourfull ones. Durium records always had a label and not, like this one, a picture disk on the front. The matrices are not used by Durium.
It seems logically that this record was not a 1930s Durium card board record, but what Italian record company made this kind of records?
Information wanted. Hans Koert keepswinging@live.nl
Thanks Franco for sharing this rare Italian card board record.
This contribution will be posted too at my Durium-Hit of the week web log and in Dutch and English at the daily Keep Swinging web log.
Keep swinging
Hans Koert