Potomac (U.K.) / c. 1951

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Design: A very attractive label, featuring a 'posterized' image of an Indian chief (created by JL, as seen in the headband). The label name is set in a stylish Art Deco typeface called Broadway, designed in the U.S.A. in the late 1920s. The rest of the typesetting is done in varying weights of Gill Sans, designed in England and also dating from the late 1920s. Why the label name 'Potomac' (with its North American associations) was chosen for a British label is unknown.

History: Thanks for info to musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who writes: "This label was produced by Hollick and Taylor for use at ice rinks. This particular record was part of a series produced in the early 1950s and recorded by mobile equipment at Nottingham Ice Rink. They also had a roller skating series and produced many private labels for Birmingham (England) area bands and organizations, as well as producing radio transcriptions." Label scan courtesy of collector Graham Farnell of the U.K.

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