Butlins

Butlins (U.K.) / c. 1960

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Design: The yellow background is suggestive of sunshine and cheeriness, a theme the Butlin camps promoted. Most of the label features fonts from the Gill Sans family, a very popular utilitarian font designed in the late 1920s by British stonecutter Eric Gill. The recording was done by Tannoy, who were very well known in Britain as pioneers of public address systems, and are still in operation.

History: Beginning in 1936, entrepreneur Billy Butlin opened a number of seaside holiday camps which catered mainly to the working class and featured highly organized activities, including group sing-songs. Three of the original camps are still in operation. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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