Gotham (U.S.A.) / 1946

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Design: The busy label captures the 'feel' of the city, the letters of the label name mirroring the skyscrapers in the background. The priting of a light colour (gold) on a dark backround produces a 'negative' or reversed effect, while in the label below (from the 1950s) the same image is used but is printed in a dark colour over a light background, producing a 'positive' image.

History: Gotham Records was launched in New York in 1946, but two years later would be transferred to Philadelphia. 'Gotham,' a fictional city featured in Batman comics, is an alias for New York. Tony Sciacca, alias Tony Scott, was in the vanguard of the 'bop' avant-garde sound in jazz, which followed on the heels of the big band and swing eras. The 'B. Bobstein' listed here is a pseudonym for Dizzy Gillespie, who like each of the other artists, received $40 for this recording session, while the young Sarah Vaughn agreed to sing for a fee of $25. Alternate colour scan (below right), the first in the 500 series, courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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