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Columbia Records


Information: Producers of sound recordings.

The earliest known reference to Columbia’s recording activities was in a brochure dated November 15, 1889. By 1890 the company had published its first “catalog” (a one page listing), with selections by its star attraction, the United States Marine Band, which was conveniently based in Washington. Its cylinders were billed as "superior in loudness, clearness and character of selections to any band records yet offered." From this point on Columbia relentlessly promoted musical recordings.


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