Sunday, August 25, 2013

AFRTS Record labels


How many of these do you remember?  We're taking a look at the 12" program disks.  The 16" used many different labels and numbering schemes.  The library disks added  a lot of labels too.

In about 1960 the network transitioned from 16" to 12" records.  The first label for 12" was the same as the last one for 16".  It's formatted a little differently because of the size.

For cataloging these disks have "Call Dates" stamped in the runoff grooves (Due 9/22/61).  That seems roughly comparable to the week numbers on the labels starting in 1963.




The only exception seems to be for Rocketing Rhythms/Capitol Cloakroom, presumably because the material was so timely.


There's still no easy way to date a program disk.  In approximately 1963 they stopped printing in color.


In early 1964 we start getting week numbers.  The 7-4 on the following disk indicates it was shipped week 7 of 1964.  In 1967 Christmas week was week 25.



In 1967 the black ink was replaced with blue ink.  For a long period they used multiple fonts.  That was apparently at random.


The late 60s blue labels had a notable exception.


In 1969 the labels started getting stylish...


In 1970, a full redesign that looked sharp.  This was the first label for the newly renamed American Forces Radio and Television Service.


Very shortly after that a hipper redesign.


In 1975 another label change to a mustard-yellow color.  Recently I heard that the idea was to make it look like a gold record...


In 1976, we went for silver records...


In 1978 another redesign:


In 1982 a redesign.  This was the longest used label in network history.  It was used until the end of vinyl transcriptions.


An that's what I know about these things.  If I missed something please let me know.

January 2017 Don Browne from AFRTS had more information Click here