Duodisc (U.S.A.) / c. 1950

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Design: A strong and well-designed image, showing the cutting (recording) needle positioned on the plastic-coated aluminum disc, and connecting to the label name lettering (set at a matching left-leaning angle) to form a 'music note' graphic. The same music note is playfully screened in the background, in a small size. The bright colouring and 'cut-out' shape is typical of 1950s graphic design trends.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The Duodisc label was marketed by by the Duotone Company, Inc., and probably made by the Duotone Manufacturing. Co. Inc., a conglomerate of companies owned by Beatrice Blumenfeld, Virginia Nester and Stephen Nester (and included a Duotone Import Co.). The Duotone trade mark (seen below) was filed in 1941 (but not registered until 1943) for phonograph needles; in 1963 the company was to face a complaint by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in that they had not disclosed the foreign origin of their phonograph needles. In 1945 the Duotone Company of New York filed to register a business for 'phonograph needles for the commercial manufacture of phonograph records.' It was registered in 1947. Evidently (compared to the early logo seen below), the attached label is from the later corporate registry, c. 1950."

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