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The story of Stinson Trading Company begins with Soviet Union participation in the 1939 World’s Fair that took place in New York. The Company was founded by two men: Mr. Irving Prosky who was the first exclusive American distributor of records made in the Soviet Union, and Mr. Herbert Harris who was the owner of the Union Record Shop located at 14 Union Square and operated Sales Concessions of Soviet pavilion in Stanley and Miami Theaters. It looks like due to the high popularity of some Soviet records they were quickly sold out. The Stinson Trading Company was quickly set up for reprinting those records on the American soil. Though the label design of American records matches the Russian one, it is slightly different. The labels have smaller size, and the bottom note read “Recorded in Soviet Union” instead of “Made in USSR”. When the World Fair was over, the company continued to make pressings of the Soviet records together with another American company Keynote Recordings owned by Eric Bernay/Bernstein.

In 1942 Stinson Trading Company formed partnership with Moe Asch’s Asch Records. In overall, this relation was mutually beneficial thought not without serious problems that eventually lead Moe Asch to dissolve the partnership in 1946 and form his own DISC label. In the 1950s Stinson specialized on recordings of folk music.

We are happy to announce that recently we were lucky to establish contact with Herbert Harris’ granddaughter Mrs. Karen Williams who is the current owner of Stinson Records. We agreed to cooperate in order produce an updated version of the article that will include documentary material from the company’s archive.

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Sold-out replacements at 1939 World’s Fair. They have the original numbers and original design, but there are two distinctions from the originals: the label has smaller size (75 mm instead of 80 mm) and the bottom note read "Recorded in Soviet Union" instead of "Made in Soviet Union"
Stinson (black with a man) (30)
Label design soon after 1939 World’s Fair. They have slightly different design - missing "USSR" and "New Your Fair 1939" inscriptions
Stinson (red with a man) (11)
Red color labels with own numbering system and silver inscriptions. The rest is the same as records issued right after 1939 World’s Fair.
Asch-Stinson (4)
Records issued in period of partnership with Asch Records.
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Stinson (black) (0)
Stinson (red, pre-LP) (2)
 
Albums (4)
Famous Red Army Songs (Знаменитые красноармейские песни) (bernikov)
Famous Red Army Songs ...
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Stinson set S-225 "Moscow strikes back" (Альбом Stinson S-225 "Moscow strikes back"), songs (mgj)
Stinson set S-225 "Moscow ...
Stinson (black with a man)

 

Gypsyes (Цыгане) (bernikov)
Gypsyes (Цыгане)
Stinson (black with a man)

 

Latest Folk Songs from Soviet Union (Новые народные песни из Советского Союза) (max)
Latest Folk Songs from Soviet ...
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(Mx/Ctr No)▲
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Files
3004-A
Polish, RussianMezzo-Soprano with Jazz Orchestra
Blue Kerchief (Синий платочек) (Mała błękitna chusteczka), song (Jerzy Petersburski, lyrics by Mikhail Maksimov)
Klavdiya Shulzhenko, acc. jazz orchestra, Conductor Alexey Semenov11..12-1942
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3004
11139
3034 a
(3034-A)
Italian, RussianTenor with Orchestra
Tiritomba (Тиритомба), neapolitan song (arr. Georgy Dudkevich)
Sergey Lemeshev, acc. orchestra, Conductor Alexander Orlov1938
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3034
7202
3034 b
(3034-B)
RussianTenor with Domras and Accordion
The Three-horse Sleigh (Тройка), song (Pavel Bulakhov, lyrics by Petr Vyazemsky)
Sergey Lemeshev, acc. domras sextet, button accordion, Conductor Alexander Semenov1940
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3034
10159
3036 a
(3036-A)
Italian, RussianTenor with Orchestra
Questa o quella (Баллада герцога - Questa o quella) (Opera «Rigoletto», act 1) (Giuseppe Verdi)
Sergey Lemeshev, acc. Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Conductor Kirill Kondrashin1943
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3036
11748
3036 b
(3036-B)
Italian, RussianTenor with Orchestra
La donna è mobile (Песенка Герцога) (Opera «Rigoletto», act 3) (Giuseppe Verdi)
Sergey Lemeshev, acc. Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Conductor Kirill Kondrashin1943
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3036
11749
3155 A
RussianTenor with Piano
Song about my Wife (Песенка о моей жене) (Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. A.Bloch (grand piano)1930
Germany
Stinson (red), ParlophonB. 23003-II
(79011)
3155 B
RussianTenor with Piano
Madam! The Leaves Are Falling (Мадам, уже падают листья), song (Alexander Vertinsky)
Alexander Vertinsky, acc. pianoEuropeStinson (red)
3158 A
(3158-a)
RussianContralto with Piano
Song about Happiness (Песенка о счастье), romance-song (arr. Sergey Babov, lyrics by Lyudmila Davidovich)
Keto Dzhaparidze, acc. Sergey Babov (piano)1938
Leningrad
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3158
6819

new
3158 B
(3158-b)
RussianContralto with Piano
Remember Me (Помни обо мне), romance-song (arr. Sergey Babov)
Keto Dzhaparidze, acc. Sergey Babov (piano)1938
Leningrad
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3158
6818

new
3163 a
(3163-a)
RussianBaritone with Orchestra
Tatiana (Татьяна), tango (Mark G. Maryanovsky)
Peter Leschenko, acc. orchestra, Conductor Ernst Hönigsberg-Hecker1936
Bucharest
Stinson (red), Columbia Record3163
DC 287
(CHR 585-2)
3163 b
(3163-b)
RussianOrchestra
You are my love (Ты моя любовь), tango
acc. orchestraStinson (red)3163
3165-A
RussianBaritone with Orchestra
Those Dark Eye (Чёрные глаза), tango (Oscar Strock)
Peter Leschenko, acc. orchestra, Conductor Frank Fox1933
Vienna
Stinson Records, Columbia RecordDV1220
(WHR 290)
Odeon-RecordO 288117 a
(WHR 290-2)
Stinson Records, Columbia RecordDV1220
(WHR 290)
3165-B
Russian
My Dearly Beloved (EL Choclo) (Мой дорогой любимый (EL Choclo)), tango
Russian National OrchestraEuropeStinson Records
3175 A
(3175-A)
Russian
Guitar, My Only Friend (Эй, друг гитара), romance (Boris Fomin, lyrics by Boris Timofeev)
Peter Leschenko, acc. Orchestra "Bellaccord"1937
Riga
Stinson (red), Bellaccord Electro3175
3687
(M 4475)
3175 B
(3175-B)
RussianTenor with Jazz Orchestra
Teapot (Чайник), foxtrot
Konstantin Sokolsky, acc. "Bellaccord" Orchestra (jazz orchestra), Conductor Sergey Aldyarov (Levinson)RigaStinson (red), Bellaccord Electro3175
3708
(M 4526)
3221 a
(3221-a)
Russian, AmericanBaritone with Orchestra
At the forest near river (Возле леса у реки), waltz (A. P. Denisjev)
Peter Leschenko, acc. orchestra, Conductor Ernst Hönigsberg-Hecker1933
Vienna
Stinson (red), Columbia Record3221
DV 1562
(WHR 478)
3221 b
(3221-b)
Russian, AmericanOrchestra
Broken life (Разбитая жизнь), waltz
acc. orchestraStinson (red)3221
3276 A
(3276-a)
RussianBrass Band
Fandango (Фанданго), dance (Alexander Tzarman)
Ministry of Home Affairs Military Institute' Brass Orchestra, Conductor Fedor Nikolaevsky1947
Moscow
Stinson (red), Gramplasttrest and successors3276
16648

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