Crown 3

Crown (U.K.) / c. 1937

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Design: Like other records aimed at the children's market, the label name is secondary to the illustration, which occupies the entire upper segment, all the figures showing very active body movement. It is interesting to note the presence of a 'golliwog' on the extreme right; this caricature of a showboating negro had its beginnings before the American Civil War, continuing long after with the travelling minstrel shows (Al Jolson typifying the genre), but has long been considered as derogatory and racially offensive. Likewise, the lyrics of the song 'Three Blind Mice' have now been deemed too violent for young ears.

History: A 9" record manufactured by the Crystalate company between 1935 and 1937, and marketed through Woolworth's chainstores. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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

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