I do like these old 78 rpm record boxes, though they don’t turn up that often.  This one gave nothing much away as to it’s possible vintage, but I spotted a few old issues of Country Life from the Twenties recently, and there on the back of one was a nice HMV advert with the exact same typography and decoration, so I assume something like 1927 for this.
It’s a really tough box too, but then it had to be to protect the more fragile 78s of the time.  It must have been printed by letterpress, but there is hardly any indentation of the type on the surface, so it was done with some skill.
It’ll do nicely for keeping my 78 sleeves in while I’m sorting them out, so £3 well spent.  I have posted images of a similar box for Columbia Records 78s on the site, here’s the link.


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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4 Responses to HMV Box

  1. Russell Berger says:

    A great find! lucky someone left it for you to buy!!

  2. Pingback: Festive HMV | ST33

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