Curwen (U.K.) / c. 1947

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Design: A distinctive design, revealing a logical approach, and featuring the typeface Gill Sans, designed in the late 1920s by stonecutter Eric Gill.

History: The Curwen company began in the 19th century as music publishers, and became well-known during the pre-WWII era as printers and book publishers, by working with prominent designers and artists. Label scan courtesy of collector Greg Butler of the U.K., who notes: "Looks like they are using the same source as the Octacross series and they are also recorded and pressed by Synchrophone with similar matrix numbers. I have two different discs C104 (as shown) and also C111 (violin classical pieces), so there are at least 11 issues."

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