By Bruce Elrod
My Commentary this week has three segments to it beginning with a real mystery
Yes Virginia, for twelve or so years the recording industry in America made a 162/3 rpm record.
Most were about the size of a 45rpm but full albums were made on this speed also with South Africa holding the record for rarest 16 speed LP's of Jim Reeves, Herb Albert, and Frank Sinatra.
These are very rare recordings and most folks never see them.
In America the 16 rpm record speed appears on most phonograph players from the mid 50's to the mid 60's. The mystery lies in how it happened. There is no record as to which company developed the speed or where it originated. No one has an answer which is one of the mysteries of life. Most 16 speed recordings were spoken word. Most were made for religious organizations because of the low speed and blind societies used the recordings to teach braille. The recordings are so rare you see very few of them and even on e-bay, most carry a premium over the other speeds. I know of no known collector who has a huge collection of 16rpm recordings and they never appear in any price guide at the present time.
Much to my surprise, I went by my local goodwill store in Camden, S.C. and as a collector I just can't keep myself away from the records. I have too many already and don't need anymore.
I willed my collection long ago to the University of S.C. I picked up an LP and this little record fell out in very good condition and I asked the lady what she wanted for it and she said 10 cents so I took it home. I had it sitting around for two months, then I picked it up and it was a16rpm EP recording of Fess Parker/Buddy Ebsen doing the Ballad of Davy Crockett through 3 tracks. The other two were spoken word from the movie, the 4th track being Gene Autry the song Champion.
Not one of all the collectors I know had ever seen a 16 speed recording EP. Iit actually had singing on it too. It is one of a kind and hopefully soon it will have a price put to it. Meanwhile Miss Ruth, an albino Pit Bull is guarding the record and she'll take good care of it. So don't be surprised at what bargains you can find at your local Goodwill Store.
Begins with Alexa, the Web System for all businesses. They have no contact number that I know of to report and catch hackers in action. Most people believe this system to be accurate to the core. I have been watching certain Internet hackers and I have the proof that have manipulated this site to its very core. Maybe by putting this in print someone may actually contact me by phone if the site even has a human element. I'm really beginning to doubt that they do. I've emailed over 14 times to their abuse email link with no answer, so folks don't believe anything this site does till it comes up with a human element to deal with abuse. There are others out there that so far haven't had many problems like Quantcast. I hate to put Alexa on the line.
Call or email us, the proof is in the pudding and it don't taste good.
Sometimes you have to be exact if you run a business and if every element is not in place, you may end up with nothing. Corporations, LLC's, trademarks etc. are meaningless without that government stamp from the IRS or EIN number. Everyone should get that number first before proceeding with all of the rest. It has to be exact with the business. Shortly another competitor will be out of business because they are using a name belonging to another company. The IRS is in the process of shutting it down. It is really sad when people believe in what they're told, lawyers get rich and they have to start all over with another name and hope it is not taken already. A domain name, bank account etc. is nothing without the EIN number which has to be exact to the business applied. For instance the Cashbox Ein no. starts with a 43, that's how old it is.