Jazz Unlimited

Jazz Unimited of Philadelphia (U.S.A.) / 1949

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Design: The label name has been rather badly spread out to fill the available area, using a commonly available letterpress font (Futura Bold). The small-size type at the foot is a hand-set metal font called Bank Gothic (a sloppy tendency of the American printing industry was to call any bold-face type 'Gothic,' a term which should more properly be applied to a family of Germanic faces, e.g. the Arbeitsfront label).

History: It is perhaps ironic that a label with such a name should have a restricted circulation! (Also, could it be possible that the label name was chosen as a foil to the Chicago-based Jazz Limited label, from the same time period?) Label scan courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada.




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