Columbia Straight 2

Columbia 'Grafonola' (U.S.A.) / 1914

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Design: The word 'Record' has disappeared from this revamped Columbia label, as did the listing of competition successes. The note logo is reduced, and the ring around the outside is heavier in weight.

History: Columbia and Victor enjoyed a duopoly over the American record industry between 1900 and 1919. With the intellectual and physical resources of the European countries fully committed to the war effort during WWI, weakening them to the point of exhaustion, America's strength grew in many areas of the arts, sciences and industry. When she finally entered the fray, for the last six months of a four-year bloodbath, the weight of her fresh troops and materiel tipped the scales in favour of an Allied victory.


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


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