Excelsior Records

Excelsior Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1944

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Design: A wide pseudo-brush script is used for the label name, with contrasting fine-line treatment for the stylized 'winged circle' below. The silver and burgundy colour combination would become very popular in the 1950s.

History: Founded in 1944 by Otis René, and lasting until 1951, Excelsior carried many of the earliest recordings of pianist and singer Nat 'King' Cole. The company went out of business when 45 rpm records became popular, making 78 rpm records obsolete; their pressing facilities could not be updated. Scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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