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Children’s Vintage Record Covers from the 1950’s and 60’s.

July 15, 2013

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I have been discovering a whole wealth of interesting Vintage Record Covers. I found out about the Children’s Record Guild (CRG), a label that was popular in the U.S.A in the early 1950’s, similar to the Book of the Month Club but for records. Parents or Grandparents could purchase a subscription and then every month their child would receive a record in the mail.  Most consisted of a single record with a fun musical theme. Some were classic Children’s Stories set to music such as Cinderella.   Occasionally a two record set such as The Emperors New Clothes, Sleeping Beauty or Midsummer Nights Dream would arrive.  The records were delivered in a colourful sleeve. Sadly there’s no mention of the illustrators who created the artwork but there are some wonderful covers. Enjoy.

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A few more covers that are from other labels.

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and a couple of donations from Betsy, with thanks.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2013 3:28 pm

    What a delight. Somehow, childhood seems to have been so much simpler back then– I know it was more safe! I had similar records as a child, I’d become so excited when Easter was near to listen to ‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail’ and, ‘The Easter Parade’.

    • July 15, 2013 9:38 pm

      It’s funny because I look at so much American retro illustration, but non of them were part of my british childhood experiences. I had my first childrens’ record player that you could buy small records for (that I think were even smaller than 45 rpms’). Songs like ‘Do you know the Muffin Man’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ we’re some of the first songs I learnt through sheer repetition. I don’t recall such amazing covers as these though

  2. Vivienne Hall permalink
    May 5, 2019 8:38 pm

    My older sister had a lovely ‘record player’ in the in1960’s. It was a cardboard box which was a bit like a book and it opened out and you put a pencil in a hole in the record and made it go round (a bit like a spirograph) and it played. Does anyone else remember anything like this?

    • May 5, 2019 8:53 pm

      What a lovely memory Vivianne, I don’t recall those. My first ever record player was very small and plastic but did come with a stack of children’s venal records that were all slightly smaller than a 45 single. Thanks for your comments

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