Telefunkens, also part of the Decca group, were packaged this way too in the 1950s, at least in the USA. Both 12" and 10" LPs in boxes. I have checked a number of them and find no independent text insert. But then it wasn't needed because the backs of the LP jackets have program notes.

  A couple of my Telefunkens have the enclosed LP sleeves in very heavy clear plastic sleeves.

  Don Tait





-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 4:07 am
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] LP packaging question

All I've seen are imports in more fragile, thinner covers than we used in 
the U.S. but were standard abroad.  Most are from the London import group- 
L'Oiseau-Lyre, Ducretet-Thompson, etc.  These were specialty items, imported 
in smaller numbers and tended to get lost on the shelves.  The box increased 
visibility and provided a printed spine which the records otherwise lacked 
but which U.S. records had by the time these were brought in, c. 1957? 
Offhand, I can't think of any that were in stereo in these boxes.

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message----- 
From: Paul Stamler
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:46 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] LP packaging question

On 4/22/2013 4:23 PM, Thomas Stern wrote:
> Anyone recognise this type of package -  assuming there was NOT a booklet, 
> why the additional box ????

I've seen a few of them. I think the answer is prestige.