Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bix Beiderbecke Knows Susie

Jazz Great Bix Beiderbecke and the Wolverines masquerading as the Jazz Harmonizers, recorded this tune in 1924. This piece of letterhead was generated in 1919, and the Claxtonola label only existed until 1925 when Victor, (now RCA Victor) took Brenard Manufacturing to court, effectively putting them out of business. The letter is a promotional effort to drum up business in Plaza, ND. Plaza was founded in 1906, and today has a population of about 150. I have no idea what kind of business Simonson Ames was involved in, but Brenard was counting on them to drum up some business for The New Day Phonograph.

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