Melodisc 1

Melodisc (U.K.) / c. 1945

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Design: The label appears to have been printed by the letterpress 'hot-metal' process, which survived longer in England than in the U.S., since so much money was invested in antiquated equipment. The U.S. had transitioned to the more flexible lithographic process as a result of government directives during WWII. The font used for the label name is a block-serif Egyptian with a shadow, possibly Rockwell; the rest is set in the quintessentially British-looking Gill Sans.

History: This label has a New York address but was manufactured in England. 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' was a series of concerts featuring preeminent musicians, and ran from 1944 until 1983. The first concert was held at the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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