Humpty Dumpty Records

Humpty Dumpty Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1948

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Design: The English nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall then falling to the ground and 'all the King's horses and all the King's men' being unable to 'put him together again' has its origin in an incident that took place in 1648 during the English Civil War, when a huge Royalist cannon called 'Humpty Dumpty' (a nickname for a fat person) was knocked down from the walls of the city of Colchester by a well-placed cannon-shot from the Parliamentary ('Roundhead') forces (see www.rhymes.org.uk); the cannon was so heavy that King Charles' Royalist forces were unable to raise it up again. Here, as tradition has it, Humpty Dumpty is portrayed as a fragile egg. Texture and depth is given to the illustration by way of airbrushing (a technique that gained popularity with the advent of offset lithography) and Ben Day mechanical screens. As with most children's records, the brightly coloured illustration is given prominence while the label name is very understated.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca).




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