Tag Archives: 1950s

Magnetic records!

This space age cover adorns a short lived format I’d never heard of before, a 12″ plastic recordable record! The disc was coated in oxide, you could speak into a microphone or use it to record whatever you wanted. You … Continue reading

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More illustrations

Two more album sleeves with illustrations on the cover which I picked up recently. The Student Prince is a really nice job and looks very Sixties, but was actually issued in 1956 by Columbia.  It’s a pencil sketch drawing, with … Continue reading

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Columbia Eye

The Columbia ‘eye’ logo is a great piece of graphic design from 1955 when it first appeared on Columbia album labels, repeated six times around the edge of the label. Label collectors use the name ‘eye’ though I suspect the … Continue reading

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Maureen in Mono.

Maureen O’Hara‘s passing has to be marked by ST33, as she was my favourite of the golden age screen women.  And as with many other Hollywood Stars, record labels attempted to cash in on her film success by putting her … Continue reading

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Beautiful Tru-Sound

London based Gala Records are poorly documented but began around 1958 as a budget label, and remained so through the Sixties.  Much of their recorded output seems to have been bought in from America, often along with the artwork. They … Continue reading

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Playtime Records was an off-shoot of Columbia in America, and began back in the thirties as a 78 rpm label. Releasing dozens of children’s records, the catalogue moved over to a 7″ format probably around 1950, before ceasing in 1954 … Continue reading

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Home Sweden Home

Home Sweden Home, featuring Egon Kjerrman Orchestra and soloists. This charity shop find struck me a quite ‘seasonal’ cover (it even has a track on it called Black Rudolf!). Issued in America in 1959 on London Records, I have seen … Continue reading

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Ann Pickford, fifties cover girl.

The world’s first LP cover super model?  Ann Pickford appeared on over fifty albums sleeves in the mid-fifties, stunningly photographed by Paul Huf for the Dutch Philips label.  The story of her sleeve career and nine examples are shown in … Continue reading

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For War Office Use

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 … Continue reading

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Exotic love ritual

A fascinating cover painting from 1959 by one of the top sci-fi illustrators, printed on shiny silver foil. What’s not to get excited about? Check it out.

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