mm660s, 1947 columbia steinweiss 12 inch covers


All I have of Columbia 12 inch sets in the M or MM 660s. Some brilliant designs, I consider 1946 to 1948 to be the peak years for record cover design, especially Steinweiss’. Note that only one of them has the famous Steinweiss Scrawl font on it. It was just one element of design that Steinweiss used. If real font fanatics would like to weigh in with the names of some of the other fonts he used a lot, I would love to know.

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1 Response to mm660s, 1947 columbia steinweiss 12 inch covers

  1. Paul Morris says:

    In the 1940s Steinweiss often used Futura, as in the Khachatourian and Morton Gould. This typeface was less than 20 years old at the time and probably still seemed modern. He favored compressed versions of News Gothic, Trade Gothic, and Franklin Gothic, as well as a narrow version of Bodoni called Bodoni Poster Compressed. Recently I’ve enjoyed playing type detective with his designs. I’ve noticed that he stuck with some of these typefaces throughout the 1950s, after the time when phototypesetting vastly expanded a designer’s choices.

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