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33 1/3 first supplement

Here's a closer look at the promotional supplement issued to publicise Parlophone's first four 33 1/3 rpm Long Playing records -
Two standard Parlophone and two Parlophone-Odeon titles. It's notable that early LP releases were all orchestral, the lightest being operettas. Also of interest is the fact that what we now call sleeves, then quaintly called "containers", were described as separate items and in need of inclusion of 'purchase tax' (the forerunner to VAT) on them in their own right. This was inherited from the practice employed for the carry cases manufactured for albums of 78s, which indeed were genuinely separate items.

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