I was in a flea market and saw a stack of old 78’s. To my utter amazement at the top of the pile was the name Lincoln. I never heard of a Lincoln record label-have any of you? There were three of them. I paid a grand total of one dollar for the three. As you can see from the pictures, the records have printed on their labels “The Lincoln Record Corporation, N.Y.” One of the 78’s features the Lincoln Dance Orchestra. I love the little Abraham Lincoln portaits on the labels too.
So what’s the history on these discs-or at least- the label? For that I refer to Wikipedia for help:
The bulk of material on Lincoln were dance tunes recorded by bands of no particular note. Lincoln Records filled a market niche for people who wanted inexpensive, danceable records of popular tunes and did not particularly care who recorded them. Lincoln records retailed for 50 cents each. The label had a drawing of Abraham Lincoln on the top. Although the labels said that they were made by the Lincoln Record Corporation, New York, Lincoln was actually owned by Cameo Records. Some Lincoln issues were pressed from Cameo masters, although the name of the band which recorded for Cameo was usually changed to a pseudonym so that the Lincolns would not compete with those on the Cameo label.
The Lincoln Records label debuted in 1924 and was discontinued in 1930. It reappeared in 1949, probably revived by the American Record Corporation which had acquired Cameo years earlier. Through the mid-1950s some children’s records and music by less well known artists was released on 45rpm discs with the Lincoln name.
Over the years, of those records issued on Cameo and Lincoln, the Cameo records are much more commonly found, making Lincoln a rather scarce label.
Wow, what a find. At least, I think so! You just never know what you will find out there-but you gotta look!Mail this post