Tampa Records

Tampa Records (U.K.) / c. 1955

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Design: Block-serif fonts such as Stymie Bold Condensed (seen here for the label name) were hugely popular in advertising in the 1940s, being a standard workhorse font in newspaper and general printing offices (what appears to be flaws in the lead casting from the Ludlow typecasting machine can clearly be seen); here it is used in tandem with Linotype Metro, another standard range to be found in almost all letterpress printing offices. The label name is quite widely letterspaced, presumably to gain some width on the short name, being likely the largest size of type held in stock by the printer.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). The Dooley Sisters were a U.K. pop singing group who released this recording in 1955. Label scan courtesy of collector Owen Burgess of Canada.

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