Barclay (France) / c. 1955

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Design: Several aspects of 50s-era graphic design are here: bold, flat abstract shapes, both rounded and angular; solid, reversed and screened areas; dimensional shadowed lettering; stylized paper-cut-out illustration; and a mix of centred and asymmetrical layout.

History: Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Thanks to Bertrand Chaumelle for the following info: "Barclay was founded by pianist-bandleader Eddie Barclay. He recorded first for Columbia (Pathé-Marconi), then started his own labels: Blue Star (jazz), Classic and Riviera (dance). The 1700 series originated with Riviera, then Barclay arrived and they kept it, with the new label. The records were pressed by Pathé-Marconi."

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