Mechanical Copyright stamps

J. Albert & Son

Australia, Music Publisher.

The company was formed in 1884 and became Australasia's largest music publisher and music sales outlet. The stylised lyre with its boomerangs became their symbol at an early date. They sold musical instruments as well as sheet music. Their headquarters was for many years Boomerang House at 137-9 King St, Sydney. They are still active today at 9 Rangers Rd, Neutral Bay, Sydney (1997).

Type
Image
Details
1
J. Albert & Son Type 1
Date: 1923-4
Issues: 3
Size: 19 mm diam.
Perf: 11.5, or circular die-punched
Rarity: RRR
Circular, with J. ALBERT & SON ROYALTY STAMP between inner and outer rings. In the centre is a stylised lyre formed from 5 boomerangs and 7 woomeras (Aboriginal throwing spears). The 'JAS' signature appears across the stamp. A panel at the base holds the value. Found perforated in green and die-punched in red.
2
J. ALbert & Son Type 2
Date: 1923-4
Issues: 12
Size: 19 x 19 mm
Perf: 11.5 or 11
Rarity: RR
Design: As Type 1, but with triangular corner ornaments with curlicues within. All vermilion, but signatures and value in blue, black or green.

3
J. ALbert & Son Type 3
Date: 1925
Issues: 2
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf: 14 x 15 or 15 x 14
Rarity: C
Design: As previous types, but country name (NEW ZEALAND or AUSTRALIA) in band across middle.
This type appears printed in England by Harrisons.

4a
J. Albert & Son Type 4a
Date: 1924-34
Issues: 70
Size: 15.5 x 15.5 mm
Perf: 10 or 11
Rarity: C
Design: As Type 2 but smaller.   Value generally in green, rarely in black.  A variety of sets were subsequently revalued 3/4d by handstamp 1933-34.
4b
J. Albert & Son Type 4b
Date: 1927-50
Issues: 7
Size: 15.5 x 15.5 mm
Perf: 10 or 11
Rarity: R
Design: As Type 4a but in green, with "NZ" in base panel and value added at top.  Used on records for export to New Zealand.
4c
J. Albert & Son Type 4c
Date: 1928-33
Issues: 3
Size: 15.5 x 15.5 mm
Perf: 10
Rarity: RR
Design: As Type 4a but with larger signature from Type 2.
4d
J. Albert & Son Type 4d
Date: 1925-47
Issues: 27
Size: 15.5 x 15.5 mm
Perf: 10 or 11
Rarity: R
Design: As Type 4a but with "FDH" signature, and generally in red or carmine shades.  Alberts acted as the Australasian agents for Francis, Day & Hunter.
4e
J. Albert & Son Type 4e
Date: 1927-49
Issues: 3
Size: 15.5 x 15.5 mm
Perf: 11
Rarity: RR
Design: As Type 4b but with "FDH" signature.
5
J. Albert & Son Type 5
Date: 1933-7
Issues: 13
Size: 16 x 16 mm
Perf: 10 or 11
Rarity: R
Design: As Type 4a but slightly larger. The abbreviation "LTD" has been added to the company name and the value panel now has convex edges.  A very rare set was printed in blue around 1936, with a large blank space below the base. These appear on some Transcription discs.

6a
J. Albert & Son Type 6a
Date: 1937-65
Issues: 100+
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf: 10, 11 or rouletted
Rarity: CC
Design: As Type 5 but "LTD" replaced with "PTY LTD" (Proprietary Limited) in two lines. This long-running type has many variations in perforation, font and paper.  In the late 1950s and the early 1960s many values were revalued in green pen for LPs.
6b
J. Albert & Son Type 6b
Date: 1940
Issues: 2
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf: 10
Rarity: RRR
Design: As Type 6a but with an unknown signature in black, and printed in carmine.  To date, only found on Macquarie records.
6c
J. Albert & Son Type 6c
Date: 1937-54
Issues: 8
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf: 11 or roul.
Rarity: R
Design: As Type 6a but with "FDH" signature.  
6d
J. Albert & Son Type 6d
Date: 1950-55
Issues: 17
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf:  Rouletted
Rarity: R
Design: As Type 6a but printed in green for New Zealand, with "NZ" at base.  Value normally typewritten at top.
6e
J. Albert & Son Type 6e
Date: 1962-65
Issues: 50+
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf:  11
Rarity: C
Design: As Type 6a but with fraction value printed offset to right, to allow space to insert the pence value by hand later.  Normally found on LP sleeves with a modified value.
6f
J. Albert & Son Type 6f
Date: 1937-40?
Issues: 2
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf:  10
Rarity: RRR
Design: As Type 6a with large "JAS" signature in pale blue and value in manuscript.
6g
J. Albert & Son Type 6g
Date: 1937-67
Issues: 40
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf:  10 or 11
Rarity: RR
Design: As Type 6a but without any printed value, the value being added later by hand.  The very last issues had decimal values to fractions of a cent, e.g. 3.51c.
6h
J. Albert & Son Type 6h
Date: 1966-67
Issues: 3
Size: 17 x 17 mm
Perf:  11
Rarity: RRR
Design: As Type 6a but printed without signature or value, the value being added later by hand.  Only known with decimal values, e.g. 10c.
7
J. Albert & Son Type 7
Date: 1957-62
Issues: 1
Size: 8 mm diam.
Perf: die-punched
Rarity: RRR
Design: Just "ROYALTY" at the base, and no value tablet.  In addition, the abbreviations "PTY. LTD." appear in two lines after '& SON'.  Found on UK pressings, possibly where the indica was accidentally omitted from the printed record label, as this design is the same as the printed indica.

Gallery Items

Type 6a 3d on 45rpm

1d and 2 1/4d vermilion,green on Mastertouch medley roll, with Allan (x2) and Davis.

Sample Sets: Type 6a (Unsurfaced, p11, 1940-65)


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