Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oodles Of Doodles CCXXXVI

Another quick doodle for you tonight, this time from a Columbia Records inner sleeve. Not sure of the year, but there is no mention of stereo. There is, however, a long boring paragraph about Variable Groove, a trick to increase the playing time on records. They brag about fitting 65 minutes of music onto a single 12" record. I bet that sounded great... Anyhow, the doodles you see are part of the little illustrations from the different sections on the sleeve. The top drawing illustrates "Music By The Hour", the one below is "Columbia High Fidelity" and the one at the bottom is "Take Care Of Your Records", but you know that because I didn't edit out the text. I always like these little guides that tell you how to handle your records. And yes, these were printed in blue! How cool is that? (There's a signature in there next to the guy's left foot, but I can't make anything out.)

This sleeve was inside Martyn Green With Lehman Engel Conducting The Columbia Operetta Chorus And Orchestra-Martyn Green's Gilbert & Sullivan (Columbia Masterworks ML 4643, 1953). So maybe 1953 is our date. That's awfully early. Somewhere I've seen records on Columbia that proclaim something about the tenth anniversary of the LP. I'm going to have to find one of those and see what the date it.


Stephen said...

I like this one!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

I believe the inner sleeve in question is from 1955 or 1956--if it's the one I'm thinking of.

If it's not, then forget I said anything.

("Said what?"--Ernie) Precisely.

Lee, up too early/late