george maas at Mercury records

Mercury-MG10000-Oistrakh-Khachaturian-back

Mercury-MG10000-Oistrakh-Khachaturian-embossed-1948

Mercury-MG10000-Oistrakh-Khachaturian-Maas-1948

Mercury-MG10000-Oistrakh-Khachaturian-Maas-back

Mercury-MG10001-ErnaSack-back

Mercury-MG10001-ErnaSack-embossed
Steinweiss had the longest and most prolific career of any record cover designer – 2500 covers over 35 years. But who was second? Ronald Clyne? Jules Halfant? Possibly George Maas- designed from at least 1948 to 1964, and certainly many hundreds of covers. These are the first few of his association with Mercury records. I love the early embossed ones – thick card stock, semi-generic designs that work well as a series. I believe Maas designed them. Many of them exist in more colorful versions as well. Here is one of them both embossed and colorful, the later one signed Maas. The Erma Sack did not scan true to color – it is much darker and duller.

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