Great Scott Records 1

Great Scott Records (U.K.) / c. 1935

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Design: The three half-records seem to suggest the driving-wheels of a steam train, the shaded grooves giving the impression of speed. The 'Flying Scotsman,' built in 1923, was among the best-known of all British express trains (the first to reach a speed of 100 mph on its regular London-to-Edinburgh run), and featured an identical three-driving-wheel configuration (see below). The label name lettering is done in a high-contrast Art Deco style, with straight machine-cut lines often replacing more conventional curves. The imprinting is very carelessly done, the larger initials used in the mis-spelled song title causing bad alignment in the rest of the wording.

History: 'Great Scott!' was an expression of shock and amazement, which had its literary beginnings in the 19th century. Popularized by the character of Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes detective novels, its true origins are uncertain (e.g. it is suggested that it was a corruption of the words 'grace of God,' or as a derogatory comment on the writings of Sir Walter Scott). Here, the label name seems to be used in a way to promote the Scottish ethnicity of the label, 'Made in Scotland' being repeated four times around the outer perimeter within angled 'name-plate' panels that are also reminiscent of steam trains (as per the name-plate below, over the centre of the three larger wheels). Label scan courtesy of collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who writes: "They operated from Megginch Castle, Erroll, near Perth. They had their own recording studio and pressing plant at the Castle. A very, very rare label."

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

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