Supertone Records

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Supertone Records

Supertone Records was a United States record label of the 1920s. Supertone Records were marketed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1924 and again in 1929-1931.[1] The Chicago store Straus & Schram Company produced a separate Supertone series between 1925 and 1928.

Supertone was one of several record disc brand names marketed by Sears.

Supertone records were initially made by the Fletcher Record Company in 1924. The discs produced by Fletcher included Midwestern dance bands. When Fletcher failed in mid-1924, Bridgeport Die & Machine Company began producing Supertone discs in late 1924.

Sears did not register the Supertone brand name for record production, and after Sears discontinued marketing the records, Straus & Schram used the name, exclusively selling records produced by Regal (Scranton Button Company), Paramount, then in Grey Gull in 1925. In 1926, Pathe supplied pressings until late 1927-early 1928, when Columbia's Harmony division started a 1000-S series of Supertone records until mid-1928 when Sears restarted their Supertone series.

Sears did reclaim and remarket the brand again in 1928. Between 1928 and through 1930, Gennett pressed Supertone Records using their own masters. When the Gennett label was discontinued in late 1930, Sears contracted Brunswick Radio Corporation to produce Supertone Records, which lasted through 1931.

In terms of relative rarity, the 1928-1930 Gennett pressed Supertone's are most commonly seen. The earlier versions, as well as the short-lived Brunswick version are quite scarce.

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  1. ^ Allan Sutton (2007). "The Sears, Roebuck & Company Record Labels(1905-1950)". Mainspring Press. 

American Record Labels and Companies - An Encyclopedia (1891-1943), Allen Sutton & Kurt Nauck (Mainspring Press, 2000) .