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1930-1932 "Hit Of The Week" 78 rpm Records Made of Durium

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    Posted 9 years ago

    packrat-pl…
    (310 items)

    Today I would like to share my latest resale store find from yesterday.
    These are called “Hit Of The Week” records. They are nine inch 78 rpm records and were pressed with music on only one side of the disc.
    Technically they are not cardboard, and were not made of shellac as was usual for gramaphone records of the era, but of a patented blend of paper and resin called Durium. As the name implies, new records came out at the rate of one each week.
    These records were only produced for a very short perion of time, they debuted in Febuary of 1930 and the last "Hit of the Week"s were produced in June 1932.
    "Hit of the Week" was an attempt to produce a product for the tighter budgets of customers during the Great Depression. Unlike other records, it was sold only at news-stands, not record stores, and the price was 15¢ ea., making them the cheapest new record available. Some of the popular artists of the time who recorded for "Hit of the Week Records" were Gene Austin, Duke Ellington (as Harlem Hot Chocolates), Eddie Cantor, Morton Downey, and Rudy Vallee.
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    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      AR8Jason,
      Thank you very much for visiting, yes that does seem a little strange. I have a lot of old Ellingon stuff, love it.
      Looking foreward to seeing your post.
      Do you have any of the cardboard 45's, that, I think, were free with some kind of cereal years ago?
    2. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      Thank you very much for visiting and the love officialfuel, Manikin & bratjdd.
    3. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      BELLIN68,
      Look here, it could be one of these.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/50905-early-victor-record-10-inch--dixie-m?in=activity
      How much of the label is there?
    4. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      Thank you very much walksoftly for the love and the visit.
    5. doublevern doublevern, 8 years ago
      Last Saturday they had a benefit Auction near here for a friend....After it was over there was a box of 78s left sitting near the trash...I picked them up and went through them hoping for some Blues or Jazz....Mostly Just Polkas but there were a few Bing Crosby/Gene Autry/and Several of these "Hit of The Week" records....Really Cool
    6. Walt_league, 4 years ago
      Here is a website where you can listen to them on line.
      https://archive.org/details/CompleteHitOfTheWeekRecordings1930-1932

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