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DURIUM

Manufactured by Durium Products (G.B.) Ltd. 

This was Britain's answer to America's Hit of the Week', a record sold cheaply for a few pence at news stands, with a new issue each week. They were unlike normal shellac records in that tghey were thin, flexible, and made of pliable cellulose with a coating of cellulose scetate on just the one side to take the grooves. The grooves were compressed so that even though the record played on only one side, two performances were presented. Rust [R] (from where I obtained this information), states that the recording quality is excellent and although it was hard to ‘break' a Durium record, it could be destroyed by using a too-heavy stylus - or simply tearing it in two. 

The music it contained was dance music, British, and predominantly by Lew Stone, the renown British band leader. Al Bowlyy featured on many tracks. Musicians included Manny Klein and Nat Gonella. 

There is no paper label; the details being presented directly on the cellulose in silver. 

The label only lasted less than a year, commencing on 8 April 1932 and ending just a few days into 1933. If an issue was released (each Friday), that would mean some forty discs. 

Record in collection:  

U001 sc3 DURIUM   Manufactured by Durium Products (G.B.) Ltd. 
EN-26.   STANDCHEN 
The Band of H.M. 2nd Battaalion Queens Ropyal Regiment.  Conducted by Mr. R. Barsotti. 
[Thin, brown, flexible vinyl, cardboard backing.]