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One more thing along these lines - not all examples of a given recording having different label and catalog numbers are considered reissues.
For example, in the 1920s and early 1930s, all records issued on Columbia's subsidiary Harmony label were also issued on Diva and Velvet Tone.
But my understanding is that, in most cases, the label design that was current when the record was initially issued is usually considered to be the more collectible.
Those very early Columbia recordings can also be confusing in that, when Columbia came out with its double disc records in 1908, a great many of those early recordings were paired up and issued under a new catalog number.
But also engraved in the wax is the following text: "patented nov 25, 1902".
So if you have a choice between a copy of a record in comparable condition on a normal Brunswick or a laminated Brunswick pressed in an old Columbia plant, you will want to go for the laminated copy as it will be MUCH superior.In this case, a 1930 pressing might be significantly easier to find than the other variations because, during the Depression, sales for Columbia were horrible, and the entire company actually ended up being sold to the American Record Corporation for a mere ,000, which was a bargain price even in the Depression.Columbia pressings become increasingly rare as the 1930s progressed (until of course, after ARC was bought out by CBS in 1938, after which they became as common as dirt).Also, it was also very common for those early Columbia records to also be issued, sometimes with pseudonymous artist credits, on various client labels that Columbia pressed - for example Harvard and Oxford which were in-house labels for Sears, Roebuck and Company as well as the Standard, Harmony and United labels, all of which had over sized spindle holes designed to fit phonographs made by specific manufacturers.Phonographs with the odd sized spindles were sold at a discount or given away as premiums because, to use them, owners had to buy their brand of records with the correct sized hole (or drill out wider holes in records from other labels - which was not uncommon for people to do).