Columbia Silhouette Ads
Life Magazine 1914 (PM-2059)
By Doug Boilesen, 2020
Columbia created colorful ads for their 1914-1916 advertising campaign and incorporated silhouettes into the ads by using silhouette figures to look from the outside into the ad's main image. The border of the ad was also often a frame for lettering "Columbia Records" as part of the silhouette. Some black-and-white Columbia ads also used this silhouette style.
Edison had previously used silhouettes in 1906 and 1907 in advertisements featuring black cut-out images on white paper in the classic 'sihouettte' art style.
The following are examples of Columbia Graphophone's 'hybrid' silhouette ads of images and silhouettes.
Columbia Graphophone Company, The Theatre Magazine, 1914
Columbia Records, Life Magazine, 1915 (PM-0880)
Columbia Records, Life Magazine, September 1915 (PM-0878)
"The Columbia Grafonola is the one ideal musical instrument" for every musical occasion, 1915
Columbia Records, Munsey's Magazine, 1915 (PM-0877)
Columbia Records, June 1915
Columbia Records, Country Life in America Magazine, 1915 (PM-2009)
Columbia Graphophone Company, 1915
Columbia Graphophone Company, The Talking Machine World, November 1915
Columbia Records, 1916
Columbia Graphophone Co., 1916
Columbia Records, June 1916