King Records

King Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1946

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Design: The (full) label name and location, set in sans serif caps which bleed into parallel lines around the perimeter, forms an unusual and strong image which visually competes with the outsized heraldic logo and Gothic lettering in the upper segment. The need for symmetrical balance has resulted in the word 'King' being split in half, another very unusual arrangement. An arbitrary flourish has been dropped in above the 'ng' to balance the cap 'K' on the opposite side. The oversized typography has cramped the space available for imprinting, those lines of type being undersized.

History: The vocalist featured here, Colleen Summers, married guitarist Les Paul in 1949 and performed with him as Mary Ford, so this recording was probably made c. 1940-1947. Label scan courtesy of collector Joanne Fabian of the U.S.A.

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