[78-L] Edward VIII Abdication Records

Sammy Jones sjones69 at bellsouth.net
Sun Nov 10 02:33:56 PST 2013

Okay...how many of these things were there?  I thought I had a pretty nice 
collection of Edward VIII Abdication records on 78, but just came across 
three different variations on eBay that I don't have (I snapped two of them 
up).  Has anyone put together a list or discography?

To get the ball rolling, here are the commercial 78 pressings I have of the 

King's Farewell Speech, Brunswick 7810 (mx. 20404/20405), 10"
Farewell Address of King Edward VIII, no maker, gold foil label (mx. 6635 #1 
/ 6735 P2 ((the 3 and P are reversed in the wax))), 12"
Abdication Speech of King Edward VIII, no maker, white label (MS-A 1523/MS-A 
1524), 12"

And a 10" shellac pressing with a white label bearing only PART 1 in large 
type (mx XX1/XX2).  Someone has written "A limited issue by the BBC.  1937." 
in pen on the label.  Nothing whatsoever on the reverse side white label.

By the way, my favorite copies are two 12" vinyl pressings (one at 78 and 
one at 33 1/3) by Victor that were apparently made for Hal Wallis (the movie 
producer).  The 33 disc is one-sided and has that lovely RCA spiderweb 
pattern on the back.  The one-sided 33's matrix number is VIS-6141-56.  The 
two-sided 78's matrix numbers are VIS 6145 and VIS 6146.

I'd love to know if anyone has ever encountered similar vinyl pressings of 
the Abdication Speech like these!

I'll post details of the discs I'm getting from eBay once they arrive.

Sammy Jones

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