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Alex Steinweiss, the art director at Columbia Records in the 1930s, had the idea to use art on the cover of a record to promote sales and he has since become known as the Father of the Record Album Cover. Record album covers have continued to evolve since then and record album covers have become a entirely new art medium for modern artist to express their talent and creativity. The cover art work used on some albums was so stunning that it has driven many to collect vintage record album covers as a hobby. And still others collect vintage record album covers because they are so campy that they are now considered amusing. Whatever the reason, collecting record album covers is becoming an enjoyable hobby for many.

Great Album Covers – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos

As technology has resulted in rapid changes in music recording media, it appearred that the vinyl record album, like the dinosaurs, was on its way to becoming extinct; however, interest in vinyl record albums has been reignited and partly due to artwork on the record album cover. Vintage record albums are still around and can be found in thrift stores, yard sales and eBay. For those who have the time and enjoy the treasure hunt, they can search for new additions to your record album collection. There are also on-line stores that specialize in selling vinyl records.

Great Album Covers - Pink Floyd  –  The Dark Side of the Moon  - Designed By Hipgnois

The vintage record album cover collector can frame these vintage record album covers so that they can be proudly displayed in one’s home or ffice, increasing the enjoyment that they bring the collector. There are on-line stores that specialize in selling frames that fit record albums. The other alternative is for the collector to buy framed album covers. While there are but a few on-line store currently selling these decorative collectibles, they do exist. In addition , to the serious album cover collector, framed album covers make unique gifts for any one who loves music or enjoys vintage items.

great album covers - Colours  by Eloy

While not as widespread as coin collecting or stamp collecting, vintage record album cover collecting has many of the same attributes and is well on its way to becoming a very popular activity. I hope that you will join me in this exciting and enjoyable hobby.

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