A photograph of a machinist making a Vocalion gramophone record, taken by Leslie Cardew for the Daily Herald newspaper on 20 January, 1932. The machinist cuts the grooves into a 78 rpm phonograph record. Spiral grooves were cut or presed into the disc surface to record the sound. Early records were made of shellac, a hard resin. The Vocalion record label was founded in America in 1916, a part of the aeolian Company - manufacturers of pianos and player pianos. Taken over by Brunswick records in 1925, Vocalion became a subsidiary label recording swing, jazz and dance band music. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.
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