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Published on Jul 12, 2010
Here is a fun tune recorded in 1912 by Maurice Burkhart on a United Record label 78 rpm record with an oversized spindle. It is the standard 10 inch diameter disc.
The UNITED RECORD label 78 rpm record is from the United Talking Machine Co, Chicago, Ill, c.1908-1916. This was a strictly mail-order phonograph company that sold phonographs with an oversized spindle, a little over 1-3/8" diameter.
The only records you could play on them were, incidentally, sold by mail-order from this same company, using their UNITED RECORD label.
The United Talking Machine Company didn't actually make phonographs. Instead, they contracted Columbia Graphonola to make them, also in Chicago. As you'd expect, they look very similar to the Columbia phonographs of the period, only with the oversized spindle.
They didn't actually make their own records, either. United bought unused pressings from Columbia Records, punched a bigger hole and pasted their label over Columbia's. Sometimes United changed the artist credit, and sometimes they didn't. This record is identical to the Columbia catalog, same songs, artist, and catalog number. Not too surprising.
This is not a rare song as it is available from Columbia records of the period, just kind of hard to find anyhting on this fairly obscure label.