Emerson Record 2

Emerson (U.S.A.) / 1919

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Design: The picture of New York Harbour has disappeared, as has the word 'Record.' A treble-clef logo is introduced, screened into the background in the lower segment. The label name, following the industry-wide trend of the label name being contained in a horizontal bar rather than an arc shape, features a distinctive 'lazy O.'

History: In 1915, Victor Emerson secured a patent on a 'universal' type of groove for his records, which meant that they could be played on either vertical-cut or lateral-cut machines. In 1919, along with many other manufacturers who realized the Victor/Columbia patents were out of date, Emerson made the switch to the more popular lateral-cut technology. Label scan courtesy of Harvey Golden of the U.S.A.

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

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