Dixy

Dixy (U.K.) / c. 1924

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Design: 'Dixie' (from the 'Mason-Dixon Line' separating south from north in the U.S.) is here spelled in an unconventional way, perhaps so that it would fit somewhat symmetrically on the label, but the splitting of the word does not help with legibility; because of the position of the spindle hole, the word almost reads 'Dioxy.' The massive label name lettering is obviously meant to be large enough for a child to read, but the cute illustration of a well-dressed tot admiring an enormous record is also meant to attract a child's eyes.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Evidently a 7 inch record. In the early 1920s record companies began to catering to two previously ignored segments of the population (blacks and children) after realizing the substantial sales potential these groups represented; this record touches both. The words 'minstrel song' recalls the 'minstrel show' tradition, in which whites and blacks humorously parodied each other in nostalgic representations of daily life on the slave plantations of the southern U.S.A. 'I'm Off To Charlestown' should have more accurately read 'I'm Off For Charleston,' (referring to the South Carolina town).




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