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A blast from the past


We generally mark down our prices on unsold stock, but also review our write-ups to see if a revision or update might be necessary.

Today came the turn of a "spoken word" vinyl LP record album by Dr. Fred C. Schwarz, from the late 1950s, titled "Communist Trickery / How will the Red Butchers dispose of your family? / A Brilliant Analysis of the Soviet Plan to Take Over the United States"

Our original writeup for this piece of 1950s nostalgia — the kind of over-the-top offering that many of us doubtless thought good for a chuckle, 20 years ago, was "Not a book but a 12-inch, 33-1/3 rpm 'Nonbreakable Long Playing microgroove' (mono) vinyl record, Key Records KLP-790, mint vinyl in a near-mint cardboard jacket with minor ringwear. Jacket lists record company address as "7720 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 46, Calif." (pre-dating the 1962 introduction of postal zip codes), narrowing down the date of this effort to 1958-1961. (1958 is our estimate.) Schwarz identified as the "brilliant Australian surgeon-psychiatrist" who testified in 1957 before the House Committee on Un-American Activities."