Federal (U.S.A.) / 1956

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Design: The tightly-orchestrated script used for the main line, with its fine lines and oversized initial (into which a music note is cleverly integrated), is typical of many fonts being produced by type-foundries in the mid-1950s. The soothing colour combination and restful design is more suited to classical music than doo-wop (compare the design with the much trendier Gee label from the same time-frame).

History: Launched in 1950 as a subsidiary of King Records, Federal had several major rhythm 'n' blues and doo-wop hits with artists like Ivory Joe Hunter and James Brown.

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