Songs & Laughs Record

Songs & Laughs Record (U.K.) / c. 1914

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Design: The silhouetted image of a pair of entertainers, dressed in fancy costumes and singing from a song-book, is contained within a round-topped frame or mirror, laid over a flowing banner containing the label name. The typography and graphics are very Victorian in appearance, with thin-lined curlicues and fussy ornamentation.

History: Before cinema theatres became the entertainment venue of the British working class, thousands of 'music-halls' presented live entertainment of musical and comedy acts, sometimes quite coarse in nature; this seems to be representative of that genre (below is a typical offering). Pressed by the Bulldog Record Company. (Photocopied) label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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