I may be mixing my budget record history. What I took away from it was that The Little Wonder folks and their competitors were selling records much cheaper than the mainstream companies and helped bring the price down to what common folk could afford.
Bob Dillon wrote: ↑20 Aug 2019 18:08Coffee Phil wrote: ↑20 Aug 2019 05:15High Hugh,
Good to hear from you!
I have not seen records like what you posted. Thanks for sharing!
Bob mentioned the Little Wonders which we had in the US from the late teen years to the early '20s.
I understand that they sold at news stands and drug stores. They were budget items selling for 15 cents while regular 10" 78s were ~ $1. They were one sided and of course acoustically recorded. The ones in my possession actually sound pretty good considering all that. There was competition from other labels such as Emerson.
Here is an example between a 45 and a CD for size comparison:
I have it that Little Wonders sold for 10 cents. They were sold through a number of department stores, including Woolworth's. Also sold at drug stores and dime stores and through mail order.
I don't know about them being sold on news stands. Maybe you're thinking of the cheap cardboard records like Hit-Of-The-Weeks that were sold on news stands during the Great Depression.