Virgin Island Calypsos

Virgin Island Calypsos (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1942

back next

Design: Straightforward typography with a little dressing -up of four stars (which may represent the four main islands in the Virgin Island group).

History: Calypso music, a hybrid of French troubadour and African styles, had its beginnings in the 1920s, its international popularity continuing to spread in the 1930s. Musicians made use of cast-off steel oil drums from American military bases to create its distinctive sound. Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

site map   era index