Eucom Special Services Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1948

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Design: The squared, blocky lettering of the label name, typical of the 1940s, is relieved by the lively brush script of the word 'Records.' What the cut-out shape represents is unknown, but is perhaps a symbol used by Eucom. Abstract cut-out shapes such as this, easily reproduced by lithographic printing in comparison to the older process of letterpress, were popular in graphic design in the late 1940s and early 1950s (e.g. Melodija.)

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "In researching the date of this record, produced by the 'EUropean COMmand' of the US Army in Europe after WWII (and still an active organization), I found that Jesus Maria Sanroma, the featured pianist, joined Arthur Fiedler in 1929 (prior to the latter's becoming leader of the Boston 'Pops' Orchestra in 1930). Sanroma stayed with Fiedler's orchestra until 1949, then in 1952 returning to his place of birth, Puerto Rico. I would date this record most likely at 1949."

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