Crown 2

Crown (U.K.) / 1936

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Design: The inverted arc shape used for the label name is uncommon (see also the Romeo label). The upper and lower segments are divided by a straight line across the middle, unusual in its simplicity.

History: Manufactured by Crystalate between 1935 and 1937, Crown took over from the Eclipse label being marketed through Woolworth's chainstores. At 9 inches across, it was larger than its 8" predecessor, and featured more dance music. In 1937, Woolworth's stopped selling records altogether because the unit price was edging over the dime-store's comfort level, though the chain would re-enter the market in the 1950s with its Embassy label.

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

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