Columbia Phonograph 2

Columbia Phonograph Co. (U.S.A.) / 1906

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Design: Where Victor almost always used a combination of gold on black on its early labels, Columbia tended toward white or silver on black. A well-balanced, symmetrical layout, but the absence of graphics makes for a boring appearance.

History: While Victor held the main patent on lateral recording technology, Columbia was able to remain in the field because it held another crucial one, the use of flat wax discs. After making cross-licensing agreements in 1900, Columbia and Victor had an almost complete duopoly over the North American recording industry for the next two decades.

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

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