I created a series of Art Prints immortalizing great Record Stores from around the world. As a life long record collector that spent nearly 20 years working in Record Shops back in the 80's and 90's, I have a passion for these treasures of the past that are gone forever. I know times change, but I find it sad that most of today's music fans will never understand the amazing times when there were record shops on every corner. These posters were created as a reminder of those wonderful days.
Sam The Record Man was Canada's largest record store chain at one time having 141 stores across the great white north. Sam's flagship store opened in 1959 and was famous for not only it's amazing selection of music, but also for its gigantic vinyl record neon signs that adorned the building. Even after Sam's filed bankruptcy in 2001, the flagship location remained open until the digital age of downloading and streaming finally took it's toll, and the store closed in 2007. Sitting next door to Sam's was A&A Records, also an iconic Canadian business, having opened as A&A Book Store after WWII. The family owned business later opened A&A Lunch Counter in the same building and seeing the popularity of vinyl records in the 1950's, added a record section. As their record sales continued to climb, they eventually transitioned the store to a full Record Shop. They too succumbed to the digital age of downloading, closing their doors in 1993. Two iconic Record Shops sitting next to each other...something we'll likely never see again.
As with all of prints and posters, this is an original design featuring my own illustrations, graphic design and art work. • Digitally Printed. • Available in 11x17 and 16c20 inch. • Printed with a Matte Finish on Heavy Duty Archival Paper • 220 GSM Heavy Weight Paper • Frame is not included.