A BRIEF HISTORY OF VINYL RECORDS
Records were originally made from shellac, with mass production starting in Germany in 1898. They were extremely brittle and broke easily.
In 1930, the first commercially produced vinyl records were released and a lot of research was invested in perfecting the design.
Also known as gramophone records, vinyls dominated the music scene even when cassette tapes were mass-marketed. It was only in the 1980s with the advent of the compact disc (CD) that their dominance was finally toppled.
Vinyl records were still made throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, but on a much smaller scale, mostly catering to the dance music industry and DJs.
However, there’s been a massive increase in interest in them, with sales soaring worldwide among niche collectors.