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Thread #168926   Message #4081843
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
03-Dec-20 - 10:12 PM
Thread Name: Stinson Records Revisted
Subject: RE: Stinson Records Revisted
It's not clear from the sources if Charlie Stinson was operating here as an employee/agent of the record companies or to his own account as Stinson Trading Co and the exact dates for Okeh & Gabler's United Hot Club label are no less fuzzy.

RKO Jefferson Theatre c.1935
214 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

This is the photo from the Barton lectures. Not exactly sure how he knows it's Stinson (extreme right-center) but the RKO billing of Astor & Talbot in Easy Money dates the photo to c.1935-36. According to Barton's interviews with the family, Irving Prosky has now been with the Trading Company for about two years.

So we can say Stinson Trading Company first appeared sometime between 1930-1933. Irving Prosky joined not long after the fact. The oft mentioned Soviet franchise and the 1939 World's Fair were not relevant to the start-up. There would be no Stinson Record label until after the death of Charlie Stinson in 1938.