Sunday, May 25, 2008

Unbreakable Record Sleeve With Lottery Ticket

( Naar de Nederlandse vertaling.)
I received a rare sleeve for a 78rpm recording from Henk Duijmelink. It is a Dutch sleeve, which could be used for an ONBREEKBARE GRAMOPHOONPLAAT MET LOT ( = Unbreakable Record with a lottery ticket.). The price for this unbreakable record with lottery ticket was two Dutch florins. I've never seen such a sleeve and for what unbreakable records this sheet was used.
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The Hit of the week series were sold in sleeves starting in the summer of 1931 . These sleeves are made of very breakable thin paper - not the kind of paper Henk's sleeve is made of. This sleeves has the same paper quality like a bag grocers used to pack their sweets in the 1930s. (and on the market the greengrocer still packs my green beans in such a sack.)

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On the sleeve, advertisements to promote products that, as it seems, have nothing to do with the record inside. The largest one is by Citroën, the French automobile, which loves to promote De Balanceerende Motor (= the balanced engine), which makes the automobile very silent, een zachte, geruischlooze gang als het glijden van een zwaan over het water ( = as silent as a swan gliding through the water.) That explains the drawings of a man sitting in a swan on the sleeve. On the reverse a small advertisement for a "Reico" Radio aan de Spits! zoowel in prijs als kwaliteit. ( = a "Reico" radio set, the best in price and quality ). The fact that the advertised radio is from the 1932 series, dates this sleeve.
The rest of the texts suggest that this envelope was used to sell a lottery ticket including an unbreakable record. There is no suggestion about what unbreakable record: was it a Filmophone? Or a Goodson? Or a Phonycord, or maybe a Durium or Hit of the week? The price, Dfl 2,00 includes a lottery ticket of Dfl 1,00. The envelope reads that the Loterij is dedicated Ten Bate Van Het Zwakke Kind ( = a lottery to solve the needs for the weak children). Er worden 40.000 loten tegen den prijs van Fl. 1,00 per lot uitgegeven (= There a 40,000 lottery tickets each Dfl. 1.00 )
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As the sleeve reads, the lottery starts on the 30th of March 1932 and in that period the first English durium records were released, so it might be well possible that the record inside was a durium EN- series record, like the
Durium Dance Band ( = Lew Stone) featuring Al Bowlly, the popular English crooner. I have one vague picture of a Dutch durium sleeve from that period which learns that the price of the record was Dfl. 1.
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Maybe it is good to know that two years later (up to January 1935) SEFONO records, French duriums, were sold with an advertisement on its reverse for a Grand Concours Sefono lottery with a 500.000 Francs De Prix ( = 500,000 francs prize money ).The reverse of the record read: Chaque pochette contient un bon de concours qui vous permet de participer au Grand Concours Sefono. (= Each cover contains a ticket, which invites you to take part of the Grand Concours Sefono). The first price was 100,000 Francs; the second up to 4th price where Une Villa et un Terrain á Cannes (= A villa and garden in Cannes)......
The first prize of the Dutch lottery was: Een Te Bouwen Landhuis ( A new-build Villa), Een Citroën Automobiel 5 Persoons ( a 5-seat Citroën automobiles ( Type C.4 G ); the third price Een Reico Radio Ontvangtoestel ( A Reico Radio Set) and the fourth price: Een Electrische Simplex Rijwiel ( = an electric Simplex Bicycle. ) (it's Holland remember !!)
It seems likely that the unbreakable records were Durium records, as I haven't read anything in the 1932 Dutch news paper that promoted the unbreakable cardboard Durium record and if it was a Durium record inside, why wasn't the name mentioned on the sleeve? Can someone confirm if these English durium flexible records were sold in such a brown sack, including a lottery ticket? Or was the free Dutch promo record inside? Gratis Proefplaat (= Free sample) is stamped on its reverse, so why should you pay one Dutch guilder for it? Or what other unbreakable record? Please send me your suggestions: Hans Koert
keepswinging@live.nl


This contribution was published in Dutch at the daily Keep Swinging Web Log ands also posted on the the Hit of the week blog , titled Onbreekbare Gramophoonplaat Met Lot. and Flexible Records blog.


Keep swinging

Hans Koert

author of the Hit of the Week - Durium Discographies

JIMMY McGRIFF (1936-2008)
Yesterday, the 24th of May 2008 Jimmy McGriff, hardbop and soul-jazz organist passed away. He became known for his groovy Hammond B-3 Organ solo's.


SLIM GAILLARD

INTERNATIONAL FAMOUS ORCHESTRA;
Buddy Tate - Maceo Williams - Slim Gaillard - Clyde Lombardi - Charlie Smith - Pepe Berique ( babalu = oh lady be good = sabroso = yo yo yo ) Recorded in New York City on the 25th of May 1951 for Clef.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


keepswinging@live.nl

Nederlands ( To the English translation )

Ik ontving afgelopen week een zeldzame hoes voor een 78-toeren plaat van Henk Duijmelink. Het is een Nederlandse hoes, die blijkbaar gebruikt is om een ONBREEKBARE GRAMOPHOONPLAAT MET LOT te verkopen voor 2 guldens. Gisteren heb ik in mijn bijdrage Onbreekbare Gramophoonplaat Met Lot uitgebreid stilgestaan bij deze hoes. Vandaag dus alleen wat suggesties: Een jaar geleden schreef ik over de Franse stringband Opa Tsupa en ontdekte een fantastische Cubaanse trompettist Arturo Sandoval. En als je wilt weten wat de Amerikaanse pilote Amelia Earhart in deze blog doet, lees dan het stukje ove haar, dat ik een jaar geleden schreef.

JIMMY McGRIFF (1936-2008)
Gisteren, 24 mei 2008, overleed op 72 jarige leeftijd de hardbop en soul-jazz organist , Jimmy McGriff. Hij werd vooral bekend door zijn "vette" solo's op zijn Hammond B-3 orgel.



SLIM GAILLARD

INTERNATIONAL FAMOUS ORCHESTRA;
Buddy Tate - Maceo Williams - Slim Gaillard - Clyde Lombardi - Charlie Smith - Pepe Berique ( babalu = oh lady be good = sabroso = yo yo yo ) Opgenomen in New York City op 25 mei 1951 voor Clef.



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