A gallery and summary of identifying features of Victor label (US) 78 RPM record sleeves

circa 1923

  • front: "VICTOR RECORD" in engraved typeface; left sidebar "VICTOR Records and Victrolas are scientifically..."; right sidebar "ALL these great artists..."
  • back: "FAMOUS SELECTIONS BY SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS"; right sidebar "Victrola Tungs-tone Stylus"
  • center hole has decorative printing around its edge
  • back left sidebar list IDs spotted so far:
    • C-5-11-D
  • back bottom center featured artists spotted so far:
    • Farrar as Carmen in Carmen

circa 1924

(These images have a seal from a particular record shop on them; it is not part of the sleeve design.)

  • front: "VICTOR RECORD" in engraved typeface; left sidebar "VICTOR Records and Victrolas are scientifically..."; right sidebar "THERE are Victor Records by all these..."; list of names in right sidebar is a longer list than before
  • back: "A SPECIAL LIST OF VICTOR RECORDS OF POPULAR SELECTIONS"; right sidebar "Victrola Tungs-tone Stylus"
  • back left sidebar list IDs spotted so far:
    • E-45-39-D
  • back bottom center featured artists spotted so far:
    • Melba as Marguerite in Faust

circa 1924 to October 1925

  • front: "VICTOR RECORD" in solid typeface; sidebar frames have 4 lines instead of 5; left sidebar same as before but italics are less oblique, dashes are shorter, and the word "only" is added to the end; right sidebar has shorter dashes; list of names in right sidebar has been lengthened again; Philadelphia Symphony is now Philadelphia Orchestra; e in Clément is not accented
  • back: "A LIST OF VICTOR RECORDS SPECIALLY RECOMMENDED"; right sidebar "For Best Results Use: VICTROLA TUNGS-TONE NEEDLES"
  • back left sidebar list IDs spotted so far:
    • 306, 307, 309, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323
  • back bottom center featured artists spotted so far:
    • Caruso as Rhadames in Aida
    • De Luca
    • Elman
    • Farrar as Carmen in Carmen
    • Gigli
    • Jeritza
    • Martinelli
    • Ponselle
    • Schumann-Heink as Fricka in Die Walküre
    • Scotti as Scarpia in Tosca

The next waves of sleeves promote different types of music and advertise the Orthophonic Victrolas which first became available in October–November 1925, concurrent with the public launch of "Orthophonic Recording".

It seems likely they would match the sleeves to the type of record (Orthophonic sleeve for Orthophonic-labeled record), but this is not entirely certain. It is also unknown whether they matched the sleeve to the type of music.

circa October 1925 to mid-1926

  • presumably only for records with "Orthophonic Recording" on the labels
  • front variations spotted so far:
    • "Waiting to Sing for You" with opera singers
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with pianist
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with dance band
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with orchestra
  • back: "THE NEW ORTHOPHONIC VICTROLAS"
  • back Victrola models: CREDENZA, GRANADA, COLONY, CONSOLETTE
    • these were the first four models introduced in late 1925
  • back sidebar record list IDs spotted so far:
    • 324 & 325
    • 326 & 327
    • 328 & 329
    • 330 & 331

circa mid-1926 and beyond

  • presumably only for records with "Orthophonic Recording" on the labels
  • front variations spotted so far:
    • "Waiting to Sing for You" with opera singers
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with pianist
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with dance band
    • "Waiting to Play for You" with orchestra
  • back: "THE NEW ORTHOPHONIC VICTROLAS"
  • back Victrola models: CREDENZA, 4-4, 4-3
    • this indicates 1926, after the Granada and Consolette were renamed 4-4 and 4-3, respectively
  • back sidebar record list IDs spotted so far:
    • 340 & 341
    • 342 & 343
    • 344 & 345
    • 346 & 347

circa late 1926 and beyond

  • presumably only for records with "Orthophonic Recording" on the labels
  • variations spotted so far:
    • front: "HERE THEY COME!" with marching band parade silhouettes; back (below center hole): "For the whole family"
    • front: "Dance! and let the" with seated dance band silhouettes; back (below center hole): "In your home ~anytime!"
    • front: "From the Opera" with costumed performer silhouettes; back (below center hole): "The most thrilling moments of opera"
  • back (all variations): "VICTOR RECORD. Orthophonic Recording"; left sidebar "You will want"; right sidebar "Do you know"
  • back sidebar recommended record combos spotted so far:
    • left: 6584, 35806; right: 20110, 6587
      • 20110 was released Sep. 1926, deleted Nov. 1926; 6587 released Oct. 1926; 35806 released Feb. 1927
    • left: 6610, 20132; right: 1203, 4000
      • 6610 & 20132 were released Oct. 1926
    • left: 1178, 6899; right: 1183, 35777
      • 35777 was released Nov. 1926