Perfect Record Label 1922-Apr. 1938
A budget brand of the Pathe-Actuelle Label. The Perfect Record Label operated under the Pathe-Actuelle controlled Perfect Record Company. Early Perfect labels were black for popular music or maroon for classical. These early labels used an octagonal border. By 1923, the label design changed to two nude sun-worshippers. Red shellac pressings were introduced in late 1924 but discontinued in 1931 in favor of black shellac. Perfect created a series called Perfect Star Series for higher-end talent. After being bought by the American Record Company (ARC) in 1929 the label remained the same until a re-design in 1937 to an undistinguished blue-and-silver label without a pictorial trademark. Perfect would be discontinued by ARC in April 1938.
Music Genres: Pop, Orchestra, Classical, Band, Blues
Perfect Record Label: 1922-1923. Notice the octagonal border.
Uncle Josh (Cal Stewart) was a monologuist known for telling humorous stories with a unique laugh. I’ve included a link to the audio of Uncle Josh at the Circus below. It is on a Columbia record.
Perfect Record Label: 1923-1937. The record may be black, blue, green, or red shellac with nude sun-worshippers.
Perfect Record Label: 1937-1938. Blue and Silver.
1941-1945s Label: None
Post-WW2 Label: None
Numbers from start to 1945: #100-16000. A listing of records from 1928-1931 can be found here:
Notes: The Race series was called Perfect 100s. It was started in July 1926. These were duplicates of Pathe’s race series (#7500). Rosa Henderson and Mary Staffard would feature prominently on the Perfect race-record series. Another race artist include Big Bill Broonzy (operating under the pseudonym of Sammy Sampson). Big Bill would also have a side project with Tommy Dorsey, called The Famous Hokum Boys.
–Rust, Brian. The American Record Label Book. Arlington House Publishers, NY. 1978.
–Sutton, Nauck. American Record Labels and Companies: An Encyclopedia (1891-1943). Mainspring Press, CO.2000.
—Perfect Race Record Blues Encyclopedia Entry
–Discography of Perfect Race Record Numbers