Columbia 9

Columbia (U.K.) / 1928

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Design: A very attractive and richly-ornamented label, of course printed in the royal colours of purple and gold.

History: As previous. Label scan courtesy of collector Michael Letchford of the U.K., who writes: "This 12 inch disc was issued to celebrate the opening of the [New] Tyne Bridge, built to connect the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, in north-east England. It features a speech by King George V on one side and the Town Clerk of Gateshead, W. Swindurne, on the other. The profits from sales of the recording were to go to The Royal Infirmary, Newcastle and the Children's Hospital, Gateshead.

"In the blank space between the label and the grooves on the King's side of the disc you can perhaps make out a blind-etched image of the newly-built bridge, plus the combined coats of arms of the two cities. The date of the opening ceremony also appears: October 10, 1928. The custom-made record was pressed by Columbia."

An interesting YouTube movie of the the iconic bridge under construction, filmed in 1928, can be seen here.

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