For War Office Use

registered letter 1950 78 rpm sleeve

I’m a sucker for home made record sleeves as people who’ve followed postings here will know. Here’s another which turned up the other day; a resourceful make do and mender in the fifties discovered that a strong envelope was just right to hold a 78 rpm record once you cut the side off.  Not any old envelope either, but a variation of the Registered Letter envelopes purchased to send valuables safely through the post. These were available from 1878 through until the mid 1980s – though from my recollection you could register any letter or parcel; postie would simply affix the R sticker and go round the package with a thick dark blue crayon to cross it, much more fun.  This envelope was actually printed up for use by the armed forces and is marked “For War Office Use”. Originally posted out of York on 15th August 1950, the recycler has finished the job by cutting a neat-ish centre hole as well.

In a similar mode, sleeve made from vintage kelloggs box. sleeves made from old wallpaper

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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