Climax Record 1

Climax Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1902

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Design: The thick 'dashed' border was seen on the very first Columbia records made for them by Globe, before Columbia began using its own name exclusively. The black and silver colour combination would continue to be used by Columbia on its own early self-named labels.

History: The 'GR Co.' marking refers to the Globe Record Company of New York, who were sub-contracted by Columbia to supply them with records. In January 1902, during ongoing legal wrangles over patent rights, Eldridge Johnson of Victor bought the Globe company out in a bid to undermine Columbia's ability to produce records; a month later, as part of a bargaining tactic, he sold Globe to Columbia, and with patent rights to lateral recording now being shared by the two companies, they began their co-domination of the U.S. recording industry. Label scan courtesy of collector Phillip Pellegrini of the U.S.A.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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