78 rpm record dating guide
Earliest issues show "Victor" in the side of the machine, 1914-1915.
Also, after 1919 the price was dropped from the left side of the label. The examples below demonstrate these changes through the various colors, black, red, purple and blue.
The third example below shows the name to be "Victor Talking Machine Division Radio-Victor Corporation of America." Next example is from the following year showing "RCA Victor Company, Inc. Lastly, another change in the company ownership brought about the name "RCA Manufacturing Co,, Inc." Note that the VE at the top of the label is now gone.
The last black labeled example is a late issue scroll with a "Swing Classic" designation.
The first two labels are considered "Pre-Dog" labels, as they lack the famous Nipper logo yet to be used.
) guide which enables users to obtain approximate dates of both recording and issuance for virtually all 78rpm phonorecords issued in the U.