Stamps and Stickers, continued…

Here’s another gallery featuring examples of stamps affixed to various worldwide 78rpm labels. Many of these are import/export stamps, which were common in certain markets. Yet another example of the forgotten…click to enlarge…

7 thoughts on “Stamps and Stickers, continued…

  1. I like “Chile Impuesto 3”: three overlapping labels cross-stamped and cross-stained, especially the one in partial view — irreverently seated in its own sticky residue.

  2. Objects of peculiar beauty and desire. What a relief whoever tried to take that Arabic one on the Opera disc stopped before doing any more damage.

  3. I really like these.

    It’s a nice reminded that records have very long lives and that after you are gone, they will travel on to somewhere else…

  4. Thanks for the comments!

    Long lives, indeed. I often have the clichéd daydream about how many hands these records have passed through and what kinds of lives they’ve lived.

    But, these will last forever in the proper conditions. After CDs deteriorate and are useless, after the last iPod is accidentally dropped and smashed on the floor of a fast food restaurant, after all tape media is mildewed and forgotten, there will remain….SHELLAC.

  5. lovely set. the chile impuesto stamp was probably affixed in valparaiso, portal for all foreign things at the time.

  6. Numbers 1,3,7,9,10 & 12 are all mechanical copyright royalty stamps from the 1920s/30s. They show that the producer of the record (eg HMV, Odeon) has paid the copyright owner (usually the composer and/or lyricist) the appropriate royaties due. For instance in the UK between 1912 and 1928 this was 5% of the retail price of the record (divided in two for two-sided discs) See for much more.

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