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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 13

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition focuses on Everest Records, the last of several new labels that Alex Steinweiss helped launch, […] Continue reading »

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Boxing’s Golden Age: a Photo Exhibit

No amount of hype from the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight could possibly revive contemporary boxing, but it does remind us that it once held a position of prominence in 20th Century America. This photo exhibit is evidence of its sporting (and artistic) significance.
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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 12

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40?s and ‘50?s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features the “late Columbia” era of master designer Alex Steinweiss. […] Continue reading »

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Shopping for vinyl in Northeast Portland

“Cover Stories with Paul Morris” is a popular feature found on Jerry Jazz Musician that looks at the serious art – and serious comedy – of vintage album cover art. Paul is a dear friend of mine and fellow Portland resident who happens to be a music scholar and album cover collector. In most cases, it is not the music he seeks, it is the work of the artist who created the design.

Yesterday was a pretty typical late March Portland day – cool, gray and drizzly with an occasional dose of sunshine. It was “jacket weather” but no umbrella was necessary. It was a great day to hit a few record stores, of which there are many in this amazing town. Portland has more record stores (predominantly selling vinyl) than any other […] Continue reading »

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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 11

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40?s and ‘50?s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features a selection of “glamour girl” covers ! […] Continue reading »

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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 10

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40?s and ‘50?s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features a selection of covers by Curt John Witt, the prolific illustrator for mid-century budget record labels. […] Continue reading »

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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 9

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40?s and ‘50?s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features a selection of RCA Victor album covers from Paul’s collection.
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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 8

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This humorous edition features a “disturbing” and fascinating trend in 1950’s album art — Records on the Floor! […] Continue reading »

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The Negro League baseball photographs of Charles “Teenie” Harris — A Photo Exhibit

In 2004, I had the privilege of interviewing Neil Lanctot, whose history of baseball’s Negro Leagues entitled Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution had just been published.

While preparing for the interview, the work of the noted Pittsburgh Courier photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris came to my attention. Among his many contributions to America’s archives are his photographs of the Negro Leagues, taken during the League’s pre-war and wartime era, mostly in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, where the Pittsburgh Crawfords played many of their games.

With baseball’s All Star Game scheduled for Tuesday evening in Minneapolis, it feels like a good time to revisit some baseball (and American) history, and there is no better way than to view some of Harris’ amazing work.  

With grateful appreciation to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art — who granted us permission to use these historic images — we present a photo gallery of rarely seen Harris photos, […] Continue reading »

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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 7

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features Alex Steinweiss album covers from his prime period — the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. […] Continue reading »