Records from Standard Disc

Why Don’t You Write When You Don’t Need The Money?

October 20, 2017
By joycejohnston

This is a great, light-hearted piece sung by “Ragtme” Bob Roberts on a single-sided non-standard disc. the label was printed incorrectly. It left off the word “Don’t” – changing the meaning entirely. Bob Roberts was a contemporary of Billy Murray and has a similar delivery.

The Standard Talking Machine Company was a Chicago-based record label that operated from October 1901 through March 1918. Besides the phonographs it sold, the company released recordings created from Columbia Records masters. The spindle hole was punched at 9/16 inch. This prevented any standard records from being played on Standard equipment… and required the listener to eyeball carefully disk placement to be sure it could play.