By that time, according to Sooy, Johnson was recording masters for Berliner.Johnson’s studio was moved from Camden to Philadelphia in September 1901, according to Sooy (and the Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated on October 3).I have started to write information about each label but have a long way to go.
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Maybe one of you guys (or gals) can help me narrow this down?
According to Note The Notes: An Illustrated History of the Columbia Record Label 1901 - 1958, your copy was made between 1905-1906.
Assuming this thirty-four day hiatus marks the Camden-to-Philadelphia transition, the last Camden session would have been Rogers & Pryor’s “Answer” (“pre-matrix” Victor 837, an August 1 remake of a May 31 session); and the first Philadelphia session would have been Frank Seiden’s “Rosinkes und Mandlein” (“pre-matrix” Victor 928, recorded September 5, 1901).
The large numerical gap occurs because the Rogers & Pryor catalog number was allocated at the time of the original session. Money in these days not being overly plentiful, Mac Ewan acted as teamster on the job, and Nafey, I guess, was boss; however, the moving was done in a very creditable manner… 10th St., or 10th and Lombard Sts., which was known as the colored belt of Philadelphia, we were furnished with considerable excitement in the neighborhood outside of making records.”Philadelphia would host Victor’s main studio for six years.
Now that the key points are out of the way, let’s look at the supporting evidence, from the memoirs of a man who was there at the time — Harry O. The following studio chronology is based upon Sooy’s memoirs (Sarnoff Library, Princeton, New Jersey), with corroborating circumstantial evidence from the surviving Victor files: In late 1899, Eldridge Johnson began construction of a four-story factory building in Camden.
Sooy recalled having moved Johnson’s recording equipment from the carriage factory to the new building on or around February 1, 1900.
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