Celtic Records

Celtic Records (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1951

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Design: A plain letterpress production, typeset in various weights of Linotype Futura, a font family mainly used in newspaper printing plants. The difficulty of carrying enough ink on the printing press rollers to adequately cover very small and very large type sizes at the same time is evident here, as the label name is 'starved' (or possibly under-impressed).

History: The ballad featured here, The Country I'm Leaving Behind, was a popular in the late 19th century among Irish emigrants, contributing to the 'Celtic' cultural heritage of North America. Whether or not this label had any connection with the Celtic label of Canada is unknown, but this one incorporates the word 'Records' which the other does not. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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