What are these two publications?
March 9, 2021 2:51 PM   Subscribe

I suck at googling. I own a book and a flyer and I'd like to find out more about them but can find no proof of their existences online. One is for Carl Hansen & Son / Hans J Wegner and the other is for jazz label Impulse! Records. More details inside.

Curious whether anyone can tell me anything about these two.

1. Impulse! Records promotional flyer: Image 1, Image 2.

I found this in a 1971 American pressing of John Coltrane's Africa / Brass.

What I'd like to know is if it was something that was included in the album as an insert or if it was a separate publication that someone simply stuck inside the album. I've been selling records for almost 20 years and have never seen this before.

2. Carl Hansen & Son / Hans J Wegner, Hardcover book,
ISBN 87-989606-0-1. Front cover

The first page of this mentions that it is meant for professionals -- architects and the like -- but I'm curious if it was something available in bookstores or given out free to clients or industry people... Also, the print run, or any other information would be welcome.

posted by dobbs to Grab Bag (12 answers total)
I can't speak to the Impulse flyer specifically, but I've definitely had similar label promos included in physical media, and I mean packaged with CD's within the last decade. (Almost always from fairly tiny indie labels.) So I'd lean towards "originally included."
posted by soundguy99 at 3:41 PM on March 9

Uhh, just to clarify, I've seen similar inserts not just in current-ish indie rock stuff but every so often in a variety of records and CD's (and maaaaaybe even cassettes?) since I've been buying music (so, mid-80's) and I believe in a couple of the albums my parents had from the late 60's/early 70's.
posted by soundguy99 at 4:04 PM on March 9

The folded flyer reminds me of the days when CD's comes in those extra long boxes. Could it be one of those special editions that included this insert?
posted by kschang at 4:57 PM on March 9 [1 favorite]

FWIW there is a Web site apparently related to Carl Hansen & Son showing a "Wishbone Chair" labelled CH24 Soft similar to your front cover image.
posted by forthright at 5:27 PM on March 9

Response by poster: re: the flyer. It's from 1970 or 71 at the latest (based on catalog numbers of records advertised within), so predates CDs/long-boxes.

I suspect it was independent of the record I found it in because, 1) it was folded, and 2) Having sold, literally, 100s of thousands of records, I suspect I would have come across it before.

The size to me is in line with what you'd see on a counter for pick-up (and folded to take up less space). If its purpose was as an insert, folding is both an unnecessary additional cost and a hindrance to loading the record in the sleeve without being damaged.

What I'm hoping for is someone better at googling to turn it up or someone who bought jazz in that era remembering it being on a counter. Since posting the question, I did find one online for sale but with no information except that it exists.

regarding the book: yes, very famous designer of Danish furniture (one of the all-time greats), but what I find baffling is that even with the ISBN I cannot find proof of its existence on Abe Books or Amazon. Seems unfathomable.

Thanks for your answers so far.
posted by dobbs at 7:50 PM on March 9

Is this the book? designspiration

That picture with the cover isn’t on the linked site anymore, but there’s still a bit of info here (if it’s the same book): designunit studio
posted by ohkay at 9:39 PM on March 9

For the book, it seems like the graphic designer was "Preben Johansen", and that he designed the book for the Carl Hansen & Son company in 2003. Here is a link to his contact page, maybe he would have more info?
posted by alchemist at 10:40 PM on March 9 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks, alchemist and ohkay. I've sent emails asking for details.
posted by dobbs at 7:33 AM on March 10

I should be able to find all the facts about the Wegner book when I am in the city again, which I will be in this coming weekend. I'm pretty sure I have the book and that I received it as a gift, probably from Carl Hansen or someone affiliated and I know who to call about it. I'll check this ask and see if you get a reply from Preben Johansen.
Carl Hansen is notoriously uncommunicative, so I don't think I'll get anything out of calling them. (I mean I've called them and written them many times and never got an answer, not even a polite nothing).
posted by mumimor at 1:05 PM on March 10

BTW, is there an author credited on the Wegner book? It might be more helpful than the graphic designer.
posted by mumimor at 1:08 PM on March 10

Searching the ISBN I found a bit more info on the book here (library info .pdf from 2004):

Hans J. Wegner. - Aarup (Holmevænget 8,
5560) : Carl Hansen & Søn, [2003]. - 95 sider
: ill. (nogle i farver). - DK 76.6.
Parallelle tekster på dansk, japansk, tysk
og engelsk.
ISBN 87-989606-0-1 ib. : pris ikke oplyst.
2 499 159 8
posted by alchemist at 10:42 PM on March 13

The book might be showing up on ABE WITHOUT the ISBN:


shows this book (different cover but same title, and lists "Carl Hansen & Son" as the PUBLISHER):

and this book, showing Aarup as the publisher:


The ISBN also shows up twice in Worldcat:


Looks like MOMA in NYC has a copy. That doesn't answer your questions about how it might have been sold or distributed, although conceivably someone at MOMA could tell you how they got it.
posted by kristi at 4:37 PM on March 14

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