For The Record — 78

Get Shellacked!

Posted by Lily Akre on

We all know and love vinyl… the sleek sheen of a new record, its durability, its great sound quality. But what came before? Were records always this way? Welcome to the world of shellac. Not only does shellac mean to get beat or defeated real bad, it’s also a type of record! Shellac records have been around since the mid to late 19th century, before vinyl came around. Most shellac records are 78 rpm. These records were usually made of brittle plastics, then coated with shellac. Shellac, in its purest form is the secretion of female lac bugs. Lac bugs...

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