Empire State Observatories

Empire State Observatories (U.S.A.) / c. 1938

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Design: Around the spindle hole, an old-fashioned radio transmitter (?) sends out electrical signals. Surprisingly, the majestic building itself is not pictured; one of the world's most famous buildings, the 86-floor building, completed in 1930, featured a radio and TV transmission antenna at the top, as well as observation decks overlooking New York City. The hand-lettered label name lettering becomes wider as it radiates outward, making the S appear to be upside down; several of the letters are not well-proportioned and inconsistently drawn (compare A, E, S, R) and the letterspacing is uneven. The blue and white colour combination is also rather weak.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that this record, an aluminum coin-in-slot souvenir, featured a voice track by a female with an English Midlands accent.

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