Mouldie Fygge

Mouldie-Fygge (U.S.A.) / c. 1959

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Design: The font used for the label name is inspired by wood poster-type of the Victorian era, with block serif horizontals that are thicker than the verticals and 'ticks' at the centre-point either side of the main strokes. The silver-on-burgundy colour combination was a popular choice in the 1950s.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan above courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany. Evidently the Mount Vernon NY-based Moldy-Fig Records specialized in re-issues of early jazz classics (whether these were pirated or not is unknown). The term 'moldy fig' was originally a mildly insulting term coined in the music press to describe those fans of New Orleans-style jazz of the early 1920s (such as Ted Staunton) who refused to accept progressive developments in the genre as legitimate. Whimsical pseudo-medieval spelling is used for the label name even when the company name is in modern English, presumably as a celebration of their attachment to old forms in all things (perhaps the label name should have been 'Ye Olde Mouldie Fygge') and to simply have fun with the 'label.' Alternate colour label scan (below) courtesy of collector Stuart Walker of the U.S.A.



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