Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Transcription Mystery Disc #130

I picked this 12-inch metal-core acetate disc up at a thrift store in Englewood, Florida; but as we all know that doesn't mean it originated there. The recording is in French, which presents a problem. I don't understand French at all. The disc is in decent shape, a little dirty, some scratches a little warped... all par for the course. It spins at 78 rpm and has an outer edge start. But the speed sounds a little off, a little too far into the chipmunk range. I suspect the recording speed was off a tad. The blank is a red Duodisc Type 2 if you follow the Phonozoic nomenclature. Prior to this I've seen dates on this type anywhere from 1951 to 1954. This one is the oldest I've found, clearly dated to April 20th 1949.

Notre Dame


The writing on the label is pretty clear.. for French cursive. It looks like it reads "Le mot de l'accueil Jubile[somthing] de notre dame mere seu Jeanne de Valois."  It seems to be a speech from an event at Notre Dame. Since it's in french I assume that it was recorded at Notre Dame de Paris, not the Catholic university in Indiana.Unless one of my readers is fluent in French I don't expect to get any further with this one.