|A 78 rpm record with early DYNA label|
All of these records were pressed in shellac, 78 rpm format. Earlier record materials were a rather brittle formula of 25% shellac, a filler of a cotton compound similar to manila paper, powdered slate, and a small amount of a wax lubricant. The record size is 10 inches in diameter with two – three minutes of playing time.
We are more familiar with Original Pilipino Music (OPM) that became popular in the late 1970s when Filipino music composers started to make pop songs in Pilipino, but we should also remember this genre of older music. I would like to share some of these early Philippine records.
Pre-War Years (1908 - 1941)
Post war years (1945 - 1965)