The Bob Record

The Bob Record (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: The overall layout exactly replicates the design of the British silver shilling ('bob') of the Edwardian era (beginning in 1901 with the accession of Edward VII), which is what the record sold for. A crowned lion stands atop a royal crown, the date of issue (here, 1913) being split either side. Whether the record label kept the same date throughout its life or was updated each year is unknown. The lettering running around the outer edge is drawn to mimic the raised letters of the coin. Interestingly, the red overprinting, done in a transparent ink, does not obliterate the image beneath.

History: Unknown. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, the label features a blue and white colour combination, the colours of the flag of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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