Star Record 3

Star Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1910

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Design: The treatment of 'Star Record,' with its straight baseline and curved cap line, is very unorthodox at this time, when almost all label names ran in a semicircular fashion, following the outer edge of the label. The Edwardian-style 'H&S' monogram is featured at the centre inside a thick border, the ampersand nicely placed to avoid obliteration by the spindle hole. The treatment of the label name, with its straight baseline and curved cap line, is very unorthodox at this time, when almost all label names ran in a semicircular fashion, following the outer edge of the label. This would have been a challenging job to print, with the tight register of red and gold throughout.

History: Originally, Star records were produced by rogue manufacturers Ellsworth Hawthorne and Horace Sheble, one-time Edison distributors, whose first output contravening the Victor/Columbia patents was the Clarion label. After that was shut down, they launched Star in 1907. After again forcing them out of business, in mid-1909, Columbia took over the Hawthorne & Sheble operation, continuing to issue Star Records under the old name (as here) for a short time.


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


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