Gold Star

Gold Star (U.S.A.) / c. 1949

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Design: Lively bold condensed custom-drawn brush lettering for the label name, reversed out of black on gold, with the Lone Star of the state of Texas positioned jauntily across a thick underline. Bold condensed typography is also used for the lettering around the outer perimeter.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Gold Star was a product of the Quinn Recording Co. of Houston, Texas. Bill Quinn was the founder of Houston-based Gold Star Records, which recorded a wide range of music styles including blues, Cajun and zydeco. He had worked with sound equipment for Royal American Shows of New Jersey before settling in Houston in 1939 and founding Quinn Recording Company in October 1941 (info extracted from the Handbook of Texas Music by Erica Gish). An obviously related label is Four Star (1951-1953). Quinn's personal signature and the script logo of the Gold Star Process, to be seen the runout section, appear below."

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