Record Albums and Their Album Covers Are Quickly Becoming Popular Collectibles
It was been over seventy years since a young man named Alex Steinweiss, the “Father of the Record Album Cover”, came up with the idea of using art on the cover of a record to encourage more sales. Album covers have continued to evolve and since the late 1960s and early 1970s album covers have became a whole new art medium. Thanks to such creative designers as Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell from Hipgnois, who were responsible for designing many of the greatest iconic album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. The cover art work used on album covers has become so stunning that it has driven many to collect old record album covers as a hobby. Still other collectors are attracted to the hobby of album cover collecting because of the many campy album covers that were once considered so hip or cool, but are now laughable. Whatever your reason, collecting record album covers can be an enjoyable hobby.
In the last several decades with the rapid changes in music recording media, the vinyl record album looked to be going the way of the dinosaurs. However, interest in vinyl records has been reignited and this new interest is at least partly because of our love affair with the record album cover. Vintage record albums are still around and can be found in thrift stores, yard sales and on-line making it a treasure hunt to search for new additions to your album cover collection. Record album covers can be framed and proudly displayed in the home or the office increasing the enjoyment that they bring the collector. While not as widespread as coin collecting or stamp collecting, album cover collecting has many of the same attributes and is well on its way to becoming a very popular activity.