Soooooooo much happening here at ARC these days, thought we’d fill you in.
Well we’ve never seen a pink 45 insert, but now we have. This from a great new collection of more than 8,000 recordings from South America, the David Chomowicz and Esther Ready Collection. This lonely little pinkie came with just a handful of Venezuelan 45s. The meat of the donation was half LPs, half 78s, with a clear focus on Argentinian Tango records – nearly 1,200 discs. A real joy is the many hand-decorated 78 sleeves focusing on certain artists, like this Benny (sometimes Beny) Moré album nestled among their 400 Cuban discs
This week we also got a large collection of Jazz discs. They were donated by the family of Richard Thayer Skidmore, consisting of more than a 1,000 jazz seventy-eights, including 250 early Edison discs (those really thick ones). Their grandfather, Lauren “Larry” Skidmore was a bassist who played with various jazz and big bands, and had roomed with Pee Wee Russell on some tours. Along with a nice group or early Blue Note 12″ 78s, there were a few Blues gems, like this Blind Willie Johnson 78.
We even like smaller, special piles – and what could be more special than East African 45s? Here’s one of a few with great labels donated by Fred Patterson, a master 45 collector and head archivist here at the library.
So we’re on a roll. And to stay in the pink PLEASE join the ARC! The sale’s coming up (June 3 – 18) and by joining up you get access the pre-sale party on June 1. All the Sale details here.
Keep the ARC IN THE PINK!
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