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- Victor VI
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The handwritten info on the label area was transferred to the mother and stamper as they must have used ones that allowed for it, full-size stampers as opposite to the latter stampers that had removed the central label area. In HMV records this was common until mid-twenties and maybe later. Some HMV pressings of US Victor recordings carried this info too. The technology and uses when making stampers changed several times along the years. Other times, when the record was pressed, the label area was pressed more deeply, with a ridge in the border, and those deleted that info. It was also common that test pressings in small runs were done in manual presses using full size stampers, and these usually show that handwritten info, while the whole run of commercial pressings of the same record were further processed and the stampers didn't show that handwritten info because of the shape of the stampers used or the pressing processes used in the commercial run.