Parlophone 1

Parlophone (U.K.) / c. 1945

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Design: According to music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., Carl Lindström used the 'libra' or 'pound sterling' sign at the top for his personal logo. The label name is contained within a bulbous-shaped (and rather obscene-looking) cartouche. The extreme left-leaning axis of the letter 'o' in the Parlophone name reveals the same kind of treatment given to the Odeon logo of the early 1920s.

History: Making its first appearance in England after World War I, Parlophone merged with Columbia in 1927. In 1962, after shopping an unknown Liverpool-based pop group called the Beatles around (and getting rejected by companies like Decca), manager Brian Epstein managed to get them signed up for Parlophone, at that point an unprestigious subsidiary of EMI. The rest, as they say, is history. Label scan (above) courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada.

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