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From: "Steven Smolian" <[log in to unmask]>
> Records with their labels are artifacts of a business and are best
> understood in that context. Pictures of them make the most sense when
> inserted into a detailed history of the company that produced them.
> Annotations should include why a change was made from the previous
> version- expiring or new patents, price change, tax issue, image change,
> A great many labels were designed to harmonize with their paper sleeve
> design and often fit into a larger advertising and marketing strategy.
Are we still strictly discussing microgroove labels here? Obviously, 78
sleeves tended MUCH more toward the generic (there were a VERY
few 78 picture sleeves in the fifties). LP sleeves/jackets offered MUCH
more space...and in most cases their design was intended to help sell
the disc(s) which they contained. IIRC, the paper "inner sleeves" usually
promoted a company's other related product...these were often
quickly lost or discarded by LP buyers...?
Steven C. Barr