Columbia 4

Columbia (Romania) / 1948

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Design: Virtually identical to other Columbia labels, except that the 'magic notes' are somewhat shrunken.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Florin Caloianu of Romania, who writes: "Although this Columbia looks like a fairly standard issue, it is actually from Communist-controlled Romania, when that country was under the direct control of the Russians, immediately following WWII ('Fabricat in Republica Populara Romana' at the top means 'Made in the People's Republic of Romania'). Although the label was controlled by the Soviets, the (U.S.) Columbia name was so well-recognized they could not afford to change it! In fact, the Columbia label had a long history in Romania, as long as that of Odeon. In 1950 the label again came under the Romanian government's control, and was combined with the Electrecord label, which had recently been nationalized. The new combine operated out of Columbia's plant, which had been built in 1945, and was more up-to-date than Electrecord's."

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

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