Columbia 12

Columbia (Japan) / 1955

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Design: Oriental labels showed a photograph of the artist (here, Misora Hibari) on the label more often than Western companies. As with many other labels from the 1950s, the background is sliced into arbitrarily-shaped panels (compare with Modern Music). The chubby typestyle of the Columbia name first appeared in the late 1920s.

History: According to Wikipedia, the Japanese subsidiary of Columbia, Nippon Columbia, was located in Kawasaki, a heavily industrialized area near Tokyo. Starting out in 1910 as Nipponophone, it became affiliated with UK Columbia in 1932 and adopted the Columbia trademarks, becoming Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd. in 1946. Still active today as Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd., it has no direct connection with its progenitor, but continues to use the 'Magic Notes' logo.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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