Beatles flexi-discs in Diss pop auction

The Film and Pop Memorabilia sale of Thos Wm Gaze and Son at the Diss Auction Rooms on Saturday includes six Beatles Christmas flexi-discs from 1963-68.

How many of you remember flexi-discs? They were seven-inch records made of very thin vinyl and were often used to promote products or music.

Given away with some publications, they were intended as throwaway items having just a few plays in them. The thin vinyl would soon wear out and the quality of sound was poor.

The first flexi-discs were seen in the UK in the mid-1950s when the combination of 78rpm and the heavy needles required to play the old shellac resin discs would rip them to shreds.

That all changed in the early 1960s when the Beatles came on the scene. The official fan club of the Beatles produced a 45rpm flexi for Christmas 1963 to all members and so the flexi-disc was reborn.

The Film and Pop Memorabilia sale of Thos Wm Gaze and Son at the Diss Auction Rooms on Saturday includes six Beatles Christmas flexi-discs from 1963-68.

They come with special newsletter inserts which often got separated and destroyed and so increase the value of one of the star lots of the sale. These “throwaway” items are hard to find together and in good condition.

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