New York: Audio Rarities, 1950. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
[New York]: Audio Rarities [circa late 1950s]. LPA 110. One 10-inch vinyl long playing record with sides A and B, in original slipcase with orange paper label illustrated with photographic portrait of Benchley. In very good condition with some wear to the slipcase. Robert Benchley (1889-1945) was an American humorist and actor, best known for his work in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, as well as a number of short films. This vinyl record contains four audio recordings: "Swing Music," "Travelogue: South Seas," "Travelogue: Tibet," and "How To Start On A Vacation," all of which are excerpts from his performances on the Old Gold Program, a radio show produced by CBS in partnership with Old Gold Cigarettes in the 1940s. Benchley was a frequent performer on the show, with print ads for the cigarettes even stated that they were "Fresh as a Benchley Quip!" Audio Rarities was a record label dedicated to the preservation of historical recordings and sound effects. It was owned by Sidney Frey, and operated as a subsidiary of the better known label, Audio Fidelity, which was previously called Kinor Records. Along with recordings of performances and radio shows, the Audio Rarities label also produced recordings of locomotives, music boxes, and other machines, in an effort to preserve a record of their sounds.