Columbia 16

Columbia (France) / c. 1935

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Design: The distinctive spiral, reversed out of the standard late 1920s Columbia design, must have created a strongly hypnotic visual effect when rotating on the record player, and does not interfere too much with the legibility of the imprinting. The same graphic treatment appears on the late-issue Pathe label.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Marcel Ardisson of Monaco, who notes that the spiral design denoted recordings of dance music, and that the 'M' notation represents a 'medium' category of pricing.

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

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