Acetate Record Labels

Audiodisc, made by Audio Devices Inc. They offered yellow, blue and red label discs as well as fiber base discs and slightly larger than standard diameter mastering blanks which were used for recordings that were used to dub off additional copies.

The DiscOgraf is one of the few 8 inch GLASS base discs I've discovered. Outstanding sound quality, extremely fragile, and thicker than any other discs making it a pain to readjust the lathe or record cutter. Standard Duodisc aluminum base disc on the right.


Another version of the Duodisc label and a Capitol fiber base disc. These were made up custom for music, radio and electronic stores so they could then offer their own line of blanks for the home recordist. This is a 6 inch cardboard disc.


The Goldentone, another 8 inch glass base disc. Interesting that the design around the label is actually a strobe disc that allows you to check the speed of your machine. The Howard is a 6 inch cardboard disc. Note the slots around the label. Too big to be a punch out for 45, I have no idea what their purpose may be.


Recording studios would have their own labels made for their custom recordings. Here a Kay Bank studio label affixed over a standard Audiodisc label. The Philco is a STEEL base record. During World War II aluminum was being sent for the war effort and disc makers tried to meet demand with steel base discs. they are heavy and the acetate coating did not stick to the steel well.


Just a couple variations on the popular Presto discs. Presto made good quality discs right up there with the Audiodisc. They also made a fine line of popular recording lathes.


Two different labels from RecorDisc. On the left a standard 10 inch aluminum base disc with label and on the right the label from a 6 inch fiber base disc. These were made in huge quantity and sold specifically for use during WWII for family members to send to GI's and for GI's to record messages to send back home.


Richelain provided an economy line of 6 inch cardboard base discs, and the Rock-Ola is a mastering disc made of thicker aluminum, 11 inches in diameter with a green additional rim around the outside edge to facilitate clamping to a machine from which copies would be dubbed.


Silvertone, from Sears of course. Sears sold their own line of home disc recorders, and naturally had to provide their customers with their own line of blanks. Soundcraft another name in quality recording discs. Provided them for many recording studios and radio stations. In the movie "Elvis '56" you can see Elvis flipping thru some acetate demos, on the top of the stack is a Soundcraft disc.


Many companies made blanks, heres a couple from Tru-Kut and Zephyr.

It was the Wilcox-Gay company that first brought disc recording into the home. They made the machines more user friendly so Mom and Dad could make records in the living room. (Click here to read my Antique Radio Classified article of a few years ago on the W-G company, complete with photos). Hence they made a LOT of different recording blanks. Small and large, cardboard and aluminum, even steel during the war, and even a 7 incher with punch out larger hole for 45's. Above a couple fiber base W-G blanks, the left a 6 incher, the right a red 8 incher.


The label on the left used on early blanks, both cardboard and steel base. The right is an intricate label from a 10 inch aluminum disc.

And two more from W-G, both fiber based note the one on the right has a punch out to play on a large spindle 45 player. Note it was made in 1950, right after RCA introduced the 45.

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