ALS signed “R. C.,” penned on the reverse of a 4.25 x 5.75 postcard, September 28, 2002. Written from Sauve, France, a letter to Utah artist and Highland High School art instructor Patrick Eddington, in part: "In your letter of August 15th you mentioned that a friend of yours has several thousand 78s and that he'd be willing to part with any that I might want! Would you be willing to look through them for me if I give you some sort of guidelines, make a pile of likely looking records and then call me from his place and read the names to me over the phone?? If so, here's a rough idea of what I'm looking for—forget about listing name of artists—that would fill 50 pages—but for someone who has no knowledge, a list of the labels to look for is helpful. First of all, I'm only interested in the period of the 1920s & '30s, and mostly in jazz, blues & country music." Crumb proceeds to list a variety of "Major labels of the period," with examples like "Victor Black 'Scroll' label," "Columbia (Black Label Only)," "Okeh ('Electric') Red or Black label (not later Purple label)," "Vocalion—Black, White & Gold 'Scroll' label (Not the later Blue label)," and "Brunswick—Black & Gold 'Lightning' label." Crumb then requests "Any jazz, blues, or country music on these 'off-brand' labels: Perfect, Oriole, Conqueror, Melotone, Romeo, Banner or the more rare but often very good: Gennett, Champion, Supertone, Superior, Kerwin, Paramount (Black label only), Broadway." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original hand-addressed mailing envelope, with Crumb incorporating his surname in the return address field.
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