phonoobsession Posted January 10 Share Posted January 10 I am trying to find out when (and for what reason) the attached plain box with only a small stripe label was used for the Columbia "20th Century" cylinders - has anyone reliable information on this? Even one of the experts on Columbia "20th Century" cylinders, Larry Hawes (may God rest his soul), obviously was not totally sure about whether this was used before or after the boxes with the nicely illustrated "Lady Columbia" label design. To my knowledge, his last theory was, that these were used at a point when sales decreased and Columbia were forced to save money. I think that this makes perfectly sense, but didn't get it confirmed somehow. The patent dates on the stripe label are the same as on the first "Lady Columbia" box (last date: March 10, 1903) . But the second "Lady Columbia" box had other (younger) patent dates (last date: Nov. 1, 1904), which would make it a little illogical that the box with stipe label came after this. So, was it used before the "Lady Columbia" label? Why would Columbia have started the sales of this exclusive and more expensive product by using an unattractive plain box? A third option of course would be that they used the plain box in between, though I can't think of any reason for this either, unless they ran out of printed labels perhaps. That's all a bit confusing to me. But I trust one of the longtime collectors here has some answers. 🙂 Thanks! Helmut Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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