The Playlist • Around the World on Victor Records:
Some Ethnic Favorites, 1905 – 1923
Original Recordings from the Mainspring Press Collection
(Discographical data from the Victor Talking Machine Co.
and Gramophone Co. files)
A sampling of Victor’s extensive Foreign Catalog offerings from the acoustic era. Being intended primarily for the export or domestic immigrant markets, most of these records were pressed in small runs and segregated in special catalogs that the average American record buyer never saw. As such, many are quite scarce today, especially in anything approaching decent condition.
Constantinople: March 20, 1909
Victor 63512 (Gramophone Co. mx. 12578b)
Artists are uncredited in the Gramophone Co. files and on the labels.
GREEK MANDOLINATA OF THE STEAMSHIP KING ALEXANDER: Diavolopedo
New York: January 19, 1923
Victor 77380 (mx. B 27418 – 2)
ALEXANDER MALOOF: A Trip to Syria — Original Syrian Dance
New York: September 16, 1913
Victor 65830 (mx. B 13868 – 2)
Concurrent issue on Victor 17443 (domestic catalog).
ELENKRIEG’S ORCHESTRA: Die Zilberne Chasene
New York: December 2, 1915
Victor 67569 (mx. B 16843 – 1)
FRANCISCO LOPEZ & SALVADOR FLORES: Flores de Pascuas
Caracas, Venezuela: January 27, 1917
Victor 72682 (mx. G 1794 – 1)
Recording expedition headed by George K. Cheney and Charles S. Althouse.
MARIANO ESCOBEDO & DOMINGO NUÑEZ (Emilio Sirvas, guitar): Tu Seperación
Lima, Peru: September 20, 1913
Victor 65996 (mx. L 277 – 1)
Recording expedition headed by Frank L. Rambo and Charles S. Althouse.
JESÚS ABREGO & LEOPOLO PICAZO: Amigo, Amigo
Mexico City: July 18, 1905
Victor 98084 (mx. 23 Z – )
Recording expedition headed by William Nafey and Samuel H. Rous (who, in addition to recording prolifically under the name of “S. H. Dudley,” was a Victor manager and later wrote the early editions of The Victor Book of the Opera).