[78-L] Japanese Blue Columbia

Han Enderman jcenderman at solcon.nl.invalid
Fri Oct 3 13:42:23 PDT 2014

I have many label images in the Co 41000-F series.
Some are are later repressings, with later label types, but early original pressings are 
"normal" Co Viva-tonal labels, stating "Nipponophone Recording".
The series fits into the many series with music for immigrants.
I recognize a West Coast pressing, and assume they were pressed there for the
Japanese in California, and not for export to Japan.
No idea if the recordings were made especially for Columbia.
Blue wax is noted for several early items.

"(Printed in Japan)" is not shown through 41312-F, but appears on my scan of 41390-F.
I do not think it is an error for Recorded in Japan. This is already evident from 
Nipponophone Rec. 
And "Recorded in Europe" or similar texts are so common on Vic/Co/OK labels 
that an error seems unlikely. Moreover, why would they continue an error for
very many releases and repressings?
My guess would be that the labels were printed in Japan, as stated, and send to 
California, so there could be no confusion or errors when printing the labels.

On some later issues appears a number in a 29000 series above (Printed in J), 
starting with 41617-F (29000). Maybe a Nipponophone number?
41632-F = 29115. 
Now the label type has been changed a little, and "Electrical Process" is printed 
above the label name, but still in (pseudo-)"Japanese" characters. 
The highest number I have is 41974-F; mxs 79036/7.

han enderman
>>> It says right on the label that it was "Made and Pat'd in the USA".  The
company address is New York.  The only thing out of the ordinary is that
the label also says "Printed In Japan".  I bet they meant to say
"Recorded in Japan".  It is numbered in the -F series.

Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com  

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [78-L] Japanese Blue Columbia
From: Joe Salerno <jsalerno at collector.org.invalid>
Date: Mon, September 29, 2014 12:28 pm
To: 78-L Mail List <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>

perhaps it was pressed in the US for the Japanese market in the US?

Joe Salerno

On 9/28/2014 11:54 AM, Malcolm Rockwell wrote:
> Just spotted a Japanese blue label, blue wax Columbia on Ebay.
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Columbia-Blue-Wax-for-the-JAPANESE-Market-a-Nipponophone-Recording-/281431935832?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item4186a68b58
> The master is from (Japanese) Nipponophone, and the label was printed in
> Japan, as per what's on the labels. NOW, was the record pressed in the
> US, or in Japan? My educated guess says probably pressed in Los Angeles
> or possibly Oakland. But it's also possible that Japan got the formula
> for the blue shellac (?) from Columbia and was licensed to press them there.
> Makes more sense than all the back and forth it would take to do the
> pressing and assembly in California.
> But one never knows, do one?
> Malcolm

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