The Sound of Harlem album art
The Sound Of Harlem is the third and final volume of a series titled Jazz Odyssey. Released by Columbia Records in 1963/1964, each box set comprises three LPs and a booklet with extensive liner notes, photos, and credits.
All covers were designed by Milton Glaser. This one has the most interesting type. The title represents the earliest in-use example of Halloween that I’ve come across so far. This all-caps face is shown in the section of “pop type” inspired by the 1920s in the second volume of Photo-Lettering’s Alphabet Thesaurus from 1965. The designer is unknown. In the One Line Manual of Styles, it’s listed as “original handlettered design”. The relatively low catalog number 1694–4 suggests a design date that’s considerably earlier (1950s?) – by 1965, Photo-Lettering’s count was already in the 5000s. As far as I know, Halloween hasn’t been digitized yet. The rights to the Photo-Lettering assets lie with House Industries.
Glaser’s Baby Teeth is similar in style, see especially the S made from two semicircles. He designed it around this time, in 1964 or 1966, depending on which source one trusts. Baby Teeth is inspired by a hand painted sign spotted in Mexico City. I’d like to believe that Glaser’s familiarity with Halloween was a minor influence, too.
The series name is set in caps from a light, low-contrast Clarendon. It’s probably Consort Light, a style that originated in metal at Stephenson Blake. Photo-Lettering carried an adaptation. The logo for Columbia’s Jazz Archive Series uses Futura Black.
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