The Jolly Coppersmith

Recorded by
Columbia Band
Created by
Columbia Records, American, founded 1888
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
Diameter: 7 × 1/8 in. (17.8 × 0.3 cm)
78 rpm records
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1904-1905
A shellac 78-rpm record manufactured by Columbia Phonograph Company. The label, in the center, in silver type reads: Columbia Disc Record / Condition of Sale / This record is sold upon the express condition that it shall not be copied or duplicated and that the full right of property or possession reverts to the Columbia Phonograph Co. upon violation of this condition. / Columbia Phonograph Co. / New York / London / Grand Prize / Paris, 1900 / The Jolly Coppersmith / Descriptive / Columbia Band / No. 628 / Patented May 4, 1886, and December 10, 1901. A piece of the record above the top of the label is missing.
The back of the record has scratches on it and a piece of paper glued on that reads: [This record is manufactured by the American Graphophone Company under certain patents and licensed or sold through its sole sales agent, the Columbia Phonograph Company, General, subject to conditions and restrictions as to the persons to and the prices at which it may be resold by any person into whose hands it comes. Copies or duplicates must not be made from it. The price of this record throughout the United States is Fifty Cents. No sale is authorized and no license is granted to use this record when sold below that price. / Any violation of any such conditions or restrictions makes the seller or user liable as an infringer of said patents. / American Graphophone Co.]
African American
Popular music
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bob and Sherri Brennan in memory of Vernon Sugg McDonald
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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