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Record Sleeve

  • Place of origin:

    United States (produced)

  • Date:

    c.1959 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Columbia Records (issuer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Line block printing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susan Lambert

  • Museum number:

    E.1873-1990

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 7

Physical description

Columbia (The Finest Name on Record) ten-inch 78rpm record bag. Line block printed design in purple, of a teenaged girl and boy sitting on the floor listening to records. The reverse carries copy advertising LPs and EPs together with a paragraph on the advantages of microgroove recordings.

Place of Origin

United States (produced)

Date

c.1959 (produced)

Artist/maker

Columbia Records (issuer)

Materials and Techniques

Line block printing

Marks and inscriptions

Columbia / The Finest Name on Record
Part of design.

Dimensions

Height: 10 in approx, Width: 10 in approx

Historical context note

This design reflects the record industry's growing interest at this date in the young, increasingly affluent record buyer, whose independence was often expressed in listening to records at home on portable players and at party dances.

Descriptive line

Record bag for a ten-inch 78rpm record. Line block printed design in purple, of a teenaged girl and boy sitting on the floor listening to records. Issued by Columbia, EMI. United States of America., ca.1959.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Edge, Kevin. The Art of Selling Songs : Graphics for the Music Business, 1690-1990. London : Futures Publications, 1991.

Labels and date

RECORD SLEEVE
Issued by Columbia, EMI, U.S.A., about 1959
Lineblock
E.I 873-1990

Many record bags at this date were not designed for
specific releases but used to suggest a market for the
music. The image on this one reflects the industry's
growing interest in the young, increasingly affluent
record buyer, whose independence was often expressed
in listening to records at home on portable players. []

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Line block printing

Subjects depicted

Girl; Boy; Record player; Music

Categories

Advertising; Entertainment & Leisure; Labels & packaging

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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