Album art of the 1940s-70s to be showcased in Morristown, exhibit opens TODAY


Jim Flora used blocks of color to create a personal, manic style in this 1947 cover for Kid Ory and his Creole Jazz Band.

Record covers were miniature posters. The artists who did them were academically trained and combined the needs of commerce with aesthetics.

Chris Coffin, who has been collecting records for over sixty years, will present record covers from the 1940s through the 1970s in a lecture at the Morristown Gateway Museum.

The presentation will be Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.

Over one hundred covers will be on display for the presentation and for the following two weekends.

Until about 1940 records were sold either in plain paper sleeves or in albums, which were largely unmarked.

Throughout the forties and fifties, most records were issued with original art that listed the artists and music and suggested the nature of the music.

The presentation will focus on three pioneers who influenced subsequent artists and whose designs are still seen on records and CDs.


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