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    RCA Early 45 RPM Record Promo Sampler - Seven Discs in a Mailing Box (1949). The RCA mailer is date stamped February 9, 1949, yet these multi-colored records look amazingly fresh. Lot includes Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right" on orange-red vinyl; Dick Leibert's "Because" on black vinyl; Al Goodman's "The Mounties" on blue vinyl; the Boston Pops Orchestra's "Light Cavalry Overture" on red vinyl; Ray Middleton's "The Further Adventure of Tubby the Tuba" on yellow vinyl; Leslie Chabay's "Komm Zigany" on teal vinyl; and Henri Rene's "Jalousie" on green vinyl. A veritable rainbow of vinyl from the early days of the 45!

    It was RCA Records that originally developed and introduced the 45 RPM record to the world in 1949 in response to Columbia's 10" and 12" "long play" 33 1/3 formats introduced a year earlier. In the earliest phase of production, it was their idea to "color code" the vinyl based on the category of music it contained. This sample set, which was sent a Salt Lake City newspaper, likely for review, contains one of each different genre: pop music on black, Broadway musicals and operettas on midnight blue, classical music on red, country and polka on green, children's on yellow, rhythm and blues on orange or cerise, and international on teal. RCA quickly realized that maintaining this colored vinyl system was complicated and expensive and soon went to all black vinyl production. A rare set of records.

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