Scarce historical 12-inch shellac record: WILLIAM S. HART - Recitations of the poems LASCA (Frank Depres [Desprez]) and PINTO BEN (Hart) - Victrola 9297. From what I can gather online, these poems are both pretty good examples of American cowboy/western poetry, appropriately by silent-era western film star Hart. Not sure of the date, but circa 1928.
From Wikipedia: Hart (1864-1946) was an American silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is remembered as a foremost western star of the silent era who "imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity." During the late 1910s and early 1920s, he was one of the most consistently popular movie stars.
Condition is VG+ (still has nice sheen, minor surface scuffing including a couple long-but-soft, and few scuffs and scratches that I can barely feel; some minimal label scuffs).
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