Gennett

Gennett (U.S.A.) / c. 1945

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Design: The Gennett name has been reduced in size and more contrast is given between thick and thin strokes. At the top, a music staff bearing a single note drifts off into a star-spangled sky. The small type running round the outer perimeter was set in straight lines, then cut and pasted in, giving it a very uneven look.

History: Gennett, a name famous for having made seminal recordings of black jazz and blues musicians, including Louis Armstrong, had stopped production in 1930; its parent company, Starr Piano, went bankrupt in 1934. The Gennett name was briefly revived in the early 1940s by music business entrepreneur Joe Davis.




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