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Okeh (U.S.A.) / 1921

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Design: The OKeh logo (the most widely-recognized expression in all languages) was quite possibly based on someone's handwriting. A graphological analysis might reveal the very tall capitals show a desire for status; the unusual small 'e' displays creativity. Its connection with the 'K' and 'h' shows a desire for smoothness and continuity, as does the extended tail of the 'h.'

History: Launched in 1918, Okeh is legendary for being one of the first labels to record black jazz and blues artists. Okeh was sold to Columbia in 1926, but retained its identity, lasting into the 1960s on LP and 45 rpm formats.

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

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