Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Transcription Mystery Disc #223
This is a 6.5-Inch paper-core Wilcox-Gay Recordio brand acetate. It is in decent shape and relatively flat but has some marring from having been stored in a stack. It bears some light pencil markings "Dolores + eb + Les for Bev" The other side reads "For Bev - By Dolores." INcreasingly I have issues with paper core acetates. If you store them flat the surface mars from downward pressure. If you store them vertically they warp. There is no right answer. In this case the surface noise varies. I've adjusted the noise filter as much as I could but it's far from perfect.
This recording is of two children's songs, the first is "Shortnin' Bread" and the second is unintelligible. The tune Shortnin' Bread dates back to at least 1900, and probably longer. It was documented across the south by 1925 attributing to that fact. This version was probably recorded in the late 1940s based on the make of the disc.