Lyric Record 4

Lyric Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1919

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Design: A very boldly-used line of Gothic for the label name (the word 'Record' has gone), showing all the innate decorative qualities of that style. The cap-to-lowercase height is somewhat disproportionate, as are the vertical-to-horizontal proportions of the lowercase (it should about twice as tall for the width of the stroke).

History: Along with several other companies, Lyric made the transition from vertical to lateral-cut records in 1919, following the expiry of crucial patents owned by Victor and Columbia. This simplified design and the new 'never scratches' logo were introduced at that time. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., alternate scan (below) courtesy of collector John Mickey of the U.S.A.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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