Columbia 2

Columbia (U.S.A.) / 1923

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Design: Instead of being a simple flat curve, the red, white and blue sash is now treated three-dimensionally, flattened out at the centre to allow for the imprinting of the (small-sized) credit lines. The lightweight book face used for the word 'Columbia' is a departure from previous styles. 'Fire-bronze' metallic ink is used for the background colour. The design was discontinued in June 1925.

History: According to Sutton & Nauck (American Record Labels and Companies) the 'flag' design, in 'fire bronze' for popular music was introduced in January 1924. Below is a rare "Sample Record" version (courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany), with a copper background for popular music on one side of the record and a gold background, for classical music, on the other.

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

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