Thistle

Thistle (Canada) / c. 1953

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Design: A well-arranged, attractive label, featuring a simple line drawing and a clear, legible script for the label name. Close in feeling to the Celtic label.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. writes: "Thistle is quite a mysterious label. Although it is certainly Canadian, all the examples I know about are by native Scots artists associated with the famous Scottish singer Robert Wilson, who toured Canada and the United States many times with his own company of entertainers (of whom Will Starr, 1922 - 1976, the artist on your example, was one such). Rumour has it that the master tapes were made in Scotland in early 1954 and transferred to disc in Canada. I think -- but I'm certainly not sure -- that there was one catalogue series that started at 200 and ran to about 283 with some of the catalogue numbers having a letter prefix and some not. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows about this label as I need the information for my Scottish Discography, which is being produced in conjunction with the National Library of Scotland." Contact Bill with any info.




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