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Details about  Victor 5557, President William Howard Taft E 78s

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Victor 5557, President William Howard Taft E 78s
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May 18, 2012
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US $51.01
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Item location:
Hollywood, California, United States


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Condition: Used Speed: 78 RPM
Genre: Spoken Word & Interviews Record Size: 10"
Sub-Genre: Politics, History, Presidents Duration: Single


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Amoeba Music is known for our 3 award-winning retail shops in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. In addition to our eBay selection of CDs, we will be offering 78s from our extensive 78 warehouse stock. Be sure to keep checking back as we will be continually listing 78s from many genres and periods.

                                   LABEL / ARTIST:  Victor 5557 (one sided), William Howard Taft

                                                      TITLES:   Our Foreign Dependencies (Porto Rico, Cuba and the Phillipines)

                                            DESCRIPTION:  A foreign policy lecture recorded in August 1908 by William Howard Taft, President of the United States from 1909 to 1913, in which he explains the benefits our Christian civilization is bestowing upon the people of these islands, speculating that due to the dense ignorance of 90% of the people it would be at least two generations before they would be ready for self governance.  A fascinating insight into the mind set of the period.  E condition copy.

78 GRADING:  We use the universally recognized VJM (Vintage Jazz Mart) 78 rpm system in grading our 78s with some streamlining as noted,  eliminating some of the hair splitting on records graded V- and below (G+, G, G-, F).  We grade conservatively, and if upon receipt you feel the record has been improperly graded, you may return it for a full refund no questions asked.   We will also note any other visual defects such as scuffing and scratches, rim chips or flakes and hair or lam cracks.   In addition to the visual grading, where there might be audio issues we will play a record and offer a brief description of the overall sound quality.

Highest grade used. A record that might have minor handling marks but has no visible signs of wear.  N, N- and E+ records will all be graded as E+.

Record has slight signs of handling and use but groove wear should be barely detectable and grooves should still be glossy and black.

Light groove wear with grey rubbing and light circular gray grooves starting to appear, but record should still retain glossy black grooves for almost all of the surface.

Grey wear, handling and groove wear more apparent, but much of the groove area will still have black.

Record is approaching an overall grey surface with uniform wear, but will still play well even though the level of surface noise and distortion could be distracting.

Record has wear throughout, and was subject to continual playing to wring more sound out of it, so even the grey is in a more advanced state of deterioration with groove walls disappearing.

This grade generally indicates poor condition on a good title.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: We accept PayPal only. All payments should be in US funds and must be received within 7 days of auction close.  For quickest service, please complete eBay checkout remembering to include your correct shipping address!

SHIPPING: We ship 78s in sturdy new 12” x 5” corrugated shipping boxes, packed between new cardboard squares and wrapped in bubble pack, so you can feel confident there is virtually no chance of breakage or damage due to shoddy packing materials. We always try to ship within 48 hours of receiving the proper payment for your package. However, we DO NOT ship on Saturdays, Sundays OR postal holidays! 

Domestic orders will be shipped via Media Mail, but Priority is available at the buyer's request.  Our system automatically tracks Media Mail so we can confirm delivery.  If a Media Mail package is lost, we will offer a full refund, so there is no need to insure Media Mail when you buy 78s from us. 

ALL International Orders ship via Air Mail.  We will invoice you separately for these wins, so do not pay until you receive an invoice from us.

COMBINING MULTIPLE ITEMS:  We are happy to combine 78s won within a 7-day period into a single shipment at a discounted rate. Please send an invoice request at auction end to ensure the proper discount.  Combined items need be paid on a single invoice; be sure to make only ONE payment for all the items you've won.  


PayPal eChecks must clear before shipping.

We are currently unable to offer local pickup.

Unfortunately, we cannot combine shipping with items from our sister store, amoeba-outlet.

We must collect 8.75% sales tax from CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS, computed on the total INCLUDING shipping & handling.

International Buyers: Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up – do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" – US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior.

CONTACTING US:  Writing us through the "Ask seller a question" link is the easiest and most efficient way to get in touch. We'll respond as quickly as possible to any questions you may have!

Shipping & Handling:

$4.00 for the first 78 and $1.00 for EACH additional 78 sent at the same time.
$10.00 for the first 78 and $1.00 for EACH additional 78 sent at the same time.


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