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78s at MLBSSA: Home


Welcome! This guide will explain what a "78" is and how to find them in the Library catalog.

What is a 78?

A "78" is a phonograph record that was produced from the late 1800s through the late 1950s. The playing time of a 78 is generally 3-5 minutes per side. 78s can be a range of sizes (e.g., 10-inch, 12-inch).

Why "78?"

They are called "78s" because they are played on a record player (turntable) at 78 rpm (rotations per minute).


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