Palda (U.S.A.) / c. 1948

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Design: A hand-drawn logo in the brush script style (but not created with a brush, since the down-strokes are of inconsistent widths) and a concave-ended underlining swash in the 1920s style (e.g. Beka).

History: The group featured here, the Ferko String Band, was originally founded in the early 1920s in order to take part in an annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia ('mummers' were troupes of amateur actors dressed in outlandish garb who would perform raucous pseudo-plays, at Christmastime and other seasons, in English village streets). In 1947 they were signed by the Miller brothers for their new Palda label in that city (the label name evidently derives from a contraction of Philadelphia), and in 1955 would score a major hit for Palda with their recording of Alabama Jubilee. The Miller brothers would use leverage they gained from the Ferko success to launch the career of rock and roller Bill Haley and his Comets.

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