Paramount 1

Paramount (U.S.A.) / c. 1945

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Design: Virtually identical to the label design from the 1920s except that this is (not very well) printed in silver on black.

History: The Paramount label is legendary among collectors of blues music for the 'race' records it released in the 1920s, but the Great Depression finished the company off in the early 1930s. The label was briefly revived in the 1940s (see above) by John Steiner, a collector and music producer who had acquired some of Paramount's property, but the 14000-series recordings were not first-generation material and are technically inferior to the originals (info: Sutton & Nauck, American Record Labels and Companies: an Encyclopedia, Mainspring Press, 2000). Label scan courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada.


Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):


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