Columbia Masterworks

Columbia Masterworks (U.S.A.) / 1949

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Design: At the top of the label, the Columbia double note logo is dramatically reduced in scale and the lines of type squared off into a block, making the label almost entirely typographic.

History: Columbia introduced the LP record in 1948, which featured a finer groove and a slower playing speed (33 1/3 rpm), using vinyl for the record itself rather than shellac. The 45 rpm single being introduced soon afterward by RCA, the new product lines would soon make the 78 rpm record a thing of the past.

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

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