Climax Record 2

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

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Design: The label name (Climax Record), pasted over the Globe logo, is very understated, probably so that it would not be more prominent than the client's name (Columbia). The 'Columbia Phonograph' line hints at the late Victorian fascination with things Japanese, in which ascenders and descenders extend above and below their normal alignment zones.

History: This, the earliest (and extremely rare) Columbia label was produced for them by the Globe Record Co. of New York. Note the brass grommet protecting the spindle hole, also to be seen in Emile Berliner's earliest records. Label scan above and detail of reverse (below) courtesy of collector Georg Richter.

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

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