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Excellent Record Sleeves

Each week we bring you a trio of Good Things in art and design, chosen from the infinite creative archives of Present & Correct

Record Sleeves
Record Sleeves

Good Things takes us back to the excellent graphics of the good old days of vinyl

For many, vinyl records are a thing of the past; indeed, even CDs seem old hat these days. But this doesn’t change the fact that a 45rpm sleeve acted as a big paper canvas for some truly excellent graphics, and on the internet you can find some seriously tasty gems.

Who doesn’t love a bit of communist rock & roll? It’s as important as breakfast. The best collection of old Eastern block vinyl sleeves is right here, they really don’t make them like that anymore.

Supraphon 45 Sleeve
Supraphon 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://easternblocsongs.wordpress.com/45s-gallery/
Supraphon 45 Sleeve
Supraphon 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://easternblocsongs.wordpress.com/45s-gallery/
Supraphon 45 Sleeve
Supraphon 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://easternblocsongs.wordpress.com/45s-gallery/
This is possibly the most comprehensive collection online. Record labels organised alphabetically, with hundreds of examples of type and pattern, with a concentration on US, UK, Australia and Norwegian companies.
45 Sleeve
45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://45-sleeves.com/index.html
Dawn 45 Sleeve
Dawn 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://45-sleeves.com/index.html
45 Sleeve
45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://45-sleeves.com/index.html
Island 45 Sleeve
Island 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://45-sleeves.com/index.html
Pinnacle Records 45 Sleeve
Pinnacle Records 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://45-sleeves.com/index.html
K. Hiltscher has a great personal collection of mainly American sleeves, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, while Kavel Rafferty runs a record envelope library from her site here.
London 45 Sleeve
London 45 Sleeve Courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/khiltscher/sets/72157617734196103/
United Artists Records 45 Sleeve
United Artists Records 45 Sleeve Courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/khiltscher/sets/72157617734196103/
Decca 45 Sleeve
Decca 45 Sleeve Courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/khiltscher/sets/72157617734196103/
45 Sleeve
45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://crossedcombs.typepad.com/recordenvelope/
Parlophone 45 Sleeve
Parlophone 45 Sleeve Courtesy of http://crossedcombs.typepad.com/recordenvelope/

Present & Correct is a design blog and stationery store in London founded by graphic designers Neal Whittington and Mark Smith.

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