Design: A return to the style of the early 1930s (with yet more ornamentation added), a photograph of a grinning 'Satchmo' replacing the posterized line drawing of a scowling Beethoven. To achieve symmetry, the Decca label name is repeated, following the outer curve in the old-fashioned manner.
History: Launched in 1929, Decca stopped manufacturing 78s in 1958. A seminal figure in the dissemination of jazz worldwide, Louis Armstrong also acted as an unofficial goodwill ambassador for the U.S. on his many trips to Europe (beginning in the early 1930s and continuing into the late 1950s), where he was immensely popular. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who also supplied alternate colour scans (below), along with Jukka Kettunen of Finland.