17 March 2012


A rare GOODSON RECORD ( Collection: Gene)
A few weeks ago I was pointed to some remarkable flexible records by Gene from Sevastopol (Ukraine). These three, in fact four, flexible records seem to be rare Goodson Records. Three of the four records are Goodson Records, made from white opaque plastic Rhodoid, sized 24 cm ( 9.5 inch) records as they were published by the record company of Jack Goodson, late 1920s - early 1930s - the fourth could be a Goodson Record too. The GOODSON RECORD Discography by Arthur Badrock doesn't give any info about those three (four) records. As I haven't seen, smell or touched it, I'll have to do with the info I've got from Gene and the photos he'd send me. Thanks so sharing those pictures, Gene!
The three (four) GOODSON RECORDS ( Collection: Gene)
The Goodson Records, all three, do have a 1920s, so-called, flapper wife picture at the front - three different models. I haven't seen any of these ladies printed in front at one of my Goodson's. The records have some real Goodson Records details like the trademark, the hand with the bended record and the  brand name GOODSON RECORDS, and also the sentences:


On the right the word

It also has the sentences, although hard to read:

Manufactured on "RHODOID" by GOODSON GRAMMOPHONE RECORD Cº LONDON, ENGLAND and British Patent Nº 271,796, 293,667 & 247,429 - Patented in all Countries
BTW: Patent 293,667 was registered on March 1928 as An Improved Method of Manufacuring Gramophone records.
A regular type: I'm in The Market For You - 4043 - Frank Novak and his Music (recorded ca. 2nd of May, 1930) ( GOODSON RECORD Nº 226) ( Hans Koert collection)
Most of these marks I found also on the type of GOODSON RECORDS in my collection like the one above. But there are a few minor differences. The trademark, the hand with the bended record, has only two qualities of the record mentioned: UNBREAKABLE and FEATHERLIGHT but not the word PLIABLE. This trade mark, with two qualitiet only, is also to be found at the small 17 cm ( 7-inch) promo GOODSON RECORD discs for SKETCH VIRGINIA CIGARETTES. Were these 17 cm small records too small to bend? I wonder if these three GOODSON RECORDS mentioned above, have the same thickness like a regular GOODSON RECORD.
The GOODSON RECORDS trade mark on a  17cm "SKETCH" VIRGINIA CIGARETTES promo record ( Hans Koert collection)
There are also some elements on the record that are not found on the commercial released records: First of all - these records are un-numbered. Arthur Badrock lists in his THE GOODSON RECORD DISCOGRAPHY ( TMR-Discographies) ca. 30 un-numbered issues - the surface doesn’t seem to have etched matrices or take numbers ( information by Gene). The records don't have a printed title or band name, they are printed in a very dark blue, almost black lettering ( Goodson's do have pale blue prints) and a dark circle at the outside. I haven't seen that at any Goodson Record so far.The record is printed one sided and also contains only one track on the printed side. The reverse is blank.
The regular GOODSON trademark
As the records don't have printed information about the tracks or bands, nor matrices etched in the surface, I can’t inform you what tunes are on the three records. On the reverse it gives some handwritten information in Russian in the Cyrillic script, and to make it more complicated, which were translated by Gene, who speaks the Ukrainian language  with an online translation program, as: Anyone not favorite (foxtrot) - Ray (sic) Fox orchestra for the first record - Mambo for the second one and Were five of Them for the third. The fourth record has also some written Russian information in cyrillic letters, but also the words: ALI-BABA RhumBa-Fox. The "translation" Anyone not favorite could be Nobody's Sweetheart and Roy Fox did record it with his band for Decca on the 2nd of December, 1931. As far as I know this tune was never released on a GOODSON RECORD. The other titles don't ring a bell either - maybe you have some suggestions?  I suppose that these Russian titles were written by the owner of the records years after these records were produced (1930s), and that the tunes mentioned by Gene prrobably don't have the correct information - I hope to listen to the music on the records to verify the information. There isn’t any indication that these records were especially produced for the Russian market or should have been send to Russia – they could have been brought inside Russia by a record collector.

There is some written information in Russian cyrillic letters and the western alphabet: Ali-BABA Rhumba-Fox ( collection: Gene)

I guess that the three records with the printed flapper wifes in front are sample records, sent to firms to present how GOODSON RECORDS could be used as promo material - some of those promo records are known and listed in Badrock's book, with  various methods of artwork - the fact that these records were illustrated with those three charming ladies could suggest this. Unlike the Durium advertisement records, the blank reverse of the Goodson Records were not used for printed advertisements, but printed on both sides on the complete surface, like Goodson did with the Boots promo records. It seems that these records must be sample records, and the fourth record, which has no label prints at all, but a strange reddish - yellow colour in the middle seems to confirm this, maybe to be used for printing samples ......... but this record could also be a prototype.
Part of the Goodson sample record ( collection: Gene)
Thanks Gene for sharing these images of these rare GOODSON RECORDS - probably sample records from ca. 1930. As long as I haven't heard the tracks or haven't searched for indication of matrices in the surface ( if available) I can't inform you about the tunes nor bands that are on the discs.

Deze bijdrage zal ook gepubliceerd worden in het Nederlands op de Keep (it) Swingingblog.

Hans Koert