Mercury Records

Mercury Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1949

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Design: A powerful graphic image of a jazz trumpeter, with no sign of the wing-helmeted god of Greek mythology. The elements are well balanced, even with a mix of centred and asymmetrical styles.

History: Mercury Records was formed in New York around 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge, and bought out by Philips in 1961. '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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