Ambassador

Ambassador (Canada) / c. 1955

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Design: The artwork seems to have been pasted together from repro proofs of 1940s-era letterpress fonts, including Cheltenham bold condensed (in the horseshoe-shaped banner); Kabel 'Souvenir of" etc.), and Kaufmann Script ('The Cave' etc.), all of which were standard fare in commercial job-printing shops. One of the few labels to show a portrait of the performing artist, who does not seem to have become world-famous, like others who have appeared at The Cave, such as singers Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.

History: The premier venue for Vancouver nightlife during the 1950s, the pseudo-grotto Cave featured stalactites hanging from the ceiling. The first Vancouver nightclub to be granted a liquor license, it closed down in 1981. Thanks to collector Ed Wolk of Canada for the record donation.




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