Columbia 5

Columbia (U.S.A.) / 1928

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Design: Strong horizontal segmentation in the style of the previous label, but marred by poor typography.

History: Columbia was doing well in the late 1920s, as witnessed by the money being spent on this multi-colour 'potato-head' label featuring chubby-faced jazz bandleader Paul Whiteman. The depression years were soon to tell a different story, with sales coming a virtual dead halt, and by 1931 the company would be sold off. Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

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

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