Columbia Record 2

Columbia Record (Canada) / c. 1914

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Design: Though only two issues later (in the same Patriotic Series) than the previous label, this shows a different design, with an enlarged Columbia logo in place of the Union Jack. The print quality appears to be shoddier; perhaps Columbia decided to cut production costs by using a cheap-jack printer who agreed to produce the labels in one colour rather than three (while at the same time eliminating all tricky register problems with the flag). The same Cheltenham bold condensed fonts are used for the imprinting.

History: Columbia and Victor enjoyed a duopoly over the American record industry between 1900 and 1919. In the aftermath of World War I, there would be a rebalancing of power not only politically, as America came to the fore in world affairs, but also in the corporate world. The absolute dominance of Columbia and Victor in the record-producing marketplace would itself come to an end.

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

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