Algene (U.S.A.) / c. 1949

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Design: The burgundy/silver combination for record labels became popular in the early 1950s. The hand-drawn script for the label name, which runs upward at a steep angle, is competent but uninspired, as is the music staff logo at the top. Both images might well have been cast in metal and riveted to the sidewalls of a car.

History: Algene Sound & Radio Company operated a small recording studio at 140 South Juniper Street in Philadelphia in the late 1930s. Nick de Frances, a singer/pianist, began his performing career in the early 1940s and is reputed to have made some recordings in Philadelphia before moving to New York in the early 1950s. The label name is possibly a combination of the names of the principals (e.g. Al and Gene). Label scan courtesy of collector John Anderson of the U.S.A.

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