With Jack White's help, Paramount Records marks its legacy

November 28, 2014 4:05 PM

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Crumbling remnants of foundation are all that remains of the Wisconsin Chair Co. factory, hovering above a bend of the Milwaukee River in Grafton, Wis.

The Port Washington, Wis.-headquartered Wisconsin Chair Co. didn't just make chairs in Grafton. It pressed 78-rpm records from 1917 to 1932 at this site through a subsidiary company, Paramount Records. Amid the tens of thousands Paramount issued, it became the premier producer of music made by Afric...

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