Shipping 78 rpm records the right way

Watch the video to learn about shipping 78s safely.

Or look at the step-by-step pictures below.

How to ship 78 rpm records is brought you you by NESPRS President Spike Hyssong.

How to ship 78 rpm records is brought you you by jazz bassist and past NESPRS President Spike Hyssong. He’s been collecting 78 rpm records since he was a kid.

by Troy R. Bennett / Mystery Jig Studios / www.mysteryjig.com / for the New England Society for the Preservation of Recorded Sound

Don’t let this happen to the 78 rpm records YOU ship! They are irreplaceable objects.

Start with some tasty 78 rpm records.

These fragile records will have to compete with bouncing microwave ovens and boxes of power tools in the back of the mail trailer or brown shipping van.

Start with two or three 10x10 inch layers of stiff cardboard.

Start with two or three layers of  10×10 inch, stiff cardboard. Most collectors don’t mind paying a few extra dollars to make sure their records arrive safely.

Make a record sandwich. The cardboard is the bread and the records are the meat.

Make a record sandwich. The cardboard is the bread and the records are the meat.

That's a tasty sandwich. Don't forget to use record sleeves or sheets of paper so the records don't rub together.

That’s a tasty sandwich. Don’t forget to use record sleeves (they’re the cheese) or sheets of paper so the records don’t rub together while they’re in transit.

Tape all four sides tight.

Use packing tape to secure your sandwich.

Remember, they're not making these records anymore. When they're broken, they're gone for good.

Tape all four sides.

Lay the record sandwich on a luxurious bed of foam peanuts or crumpled newspaper. Shredded paper doesn't work.

Lay the record sandwich on a luxurious bed of foam peanuts or crumpled newspaper in a box with a few inches of clearance all around. Shredded paper doesn’t work.

Cover the records in a blanket of peanuts or crumpled newsprint, too.

Cover the records in a blanket of peanuts or crumpled newsprint, too.

Tape the box shut and affix the label, basking in the glow of a job done right.

Tape the box shut and affix the label, basking in the glow of a job done right. You’re helping to preserve the history of recorded sound.

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