Fieldwood Heritage Society

Canning, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Wilf Carter
Montgomery Ward M-7186

78rpm record


Made in the United States

Wilf Carter, Montgomery Ward M-7186 78rpm record, Midnight the Unconquered Outlaw
(above) Side A: Midnight the Unconquered Outlaw [Bluebird matrix B-6515B]
("Midnight" was a rodeo horse)
Wilf Carter 78rpm record Montgomery Ward M-7186
(below) Side B: The Fate of Old Strawberry Roan [MW matrix M-7186B]
Wilf Carter, Montgomery Ward M-7186 78rpm record, The Fate of Old Strawberry Roan
Library stock number A121

Side A of this Montgomery Ward record was pressed from the
same matrix as RCA Victor Bluebird 78rpm record B-6515B.

Wilf Carter's records

Montgomery Ward

Montgomery Ward was a large retail company in the United States that sold thousands of items through its famous mail-order catalog. In the 1930s MW offered their own 78rpm records as part of their general catalog. MW did not manufacture the records it sold – they were recorded and pressed by Victor from Victor masters, assuring a high-quality product. The catalog numbers for MW records consist of the letter M followed by a four-digit number. These MW records are now quite rare.

In the 1960s, Wards began a long slow decline. The mail-order catalog was ended in 1985. In July 1997, Montgomery-Wards Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries declared bankruptcy. Wards emerged from bankruptcy court protection in August 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Co. During that time, Wards closed about 100 locations and spent millions of dollars to renovate its remaining stores. In December 2000, a second bankruptcy triggered the closure of all 250 stores across the United States.

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