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Revised 13/1/15

COLUMBIA
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1949-2001

Labels

33 1/3 LP
No Columbia logo
No Columbia logo
Columbia logo
1 103 - jan 1949
to
1 850 - oct 1950
6 375 - 1950
to
6 928 - dec 1950
4 37348 - dec 1950
to
4 39906 - dec 1952
4 39909 - dec 1953
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4 40981 - jul 1957
The Columbia Phonograph Company was originally the local company run by Edward Easton, distributing and selling Edison phonographs and phonograph cylinders in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware. The company derives its name from the District of Columbia, which was its headquarters. Columbia produced many commercial cylinder recordings of its own, and its catalogue of musical records in 1891 was 10 pages long. In late 1923, Columbia was bought by their English subsidiary, the Columbia Graphophone Company.
In 1931, the British Columbia Graphophone Company merged with the Gramophone Company to form Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. (EMI). In 1938, the Columbia label in the USA, was bought by William S. Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System for $750,000. The Columbia trademark from this point until the late 1950s was two overlapping circles with the Magic Notes in the left circle and a CBS microphone in the right circle.
No Columbia logo
Columbia logo
4 20621 - 1950
to
4 21026 - 1952
4 21084 - 1953
to
4 21284 - 1953
Push out centre
Sacred series
Sacred series
4 20377 - 1949
4 21033 - 1952
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4 21165 - oct 1953
4 4500 series
1949
Childrens series
1950's
Childrens series
1950's
Childrens series
1950's
Junior series
1950's
Starline series
1957-1959
4 40983 - aug 1957
to
4 41328 - 1959
4 41337 - 1959
to
4 42478 - jun 1962
4 42479 - jun 1962
to
4 42968 - jan 1964
4 42865 - 1964
Occasionally
1963-1964 Artist/Color Labels and their sleeves
Separate page
 
 
Alternate label 1
Alternate label 2
4 43019 - apr 1964
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4 45350 - 1970
4 43053 - 1970
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4 45590 - 1972
Jul 1969
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Mid 1970
Sporadically
Mid 1970
Briefly
All the Alternate label issues were also issued on the Standard Red label.
The Alternate labels always used the Orange sleeve (No. 24).
The Red label never used the Orange sleeve.
4 45594 - 1972
to
Early 1973
Early 1973
to
1984
1984
to
1998
2001
to
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B 7493
EP
B 2156
EP
OBS 80761
Stereo Fidelity EP

 
One Sided Single
At the end of 1982 CBS decided that they might sell more singles if they dropped the B-side and sold them at a lesser price! A novel idea, but the stores really didn't like the fact that different singles would have different prices. Also the Music Publishing firms were up in arms about this, which meant less royalties for their songwriters (B-sides same royalties as the A-side). One Side Singles were quietly dropped by Spring 1983.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1 103 - 1949
to
1 850 - 1950
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/left  
No 3
Dec 1950
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33 1/3 Lp-sleeve (No 1) overprinted
Small logo
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/left  4 20621 - 1950
No 3
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33 1/3 Lp-sleeve overprinted
Small logo
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4 a
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Wide notch
Text starts under "NON"
Black inside print:
Cohees Envelope Company Inc. - SLEEVELOPE - Cohoes, N.Y.
 Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 4 b
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Wide notch
Text starts under "NON"
Maroon inside print:
Cohees Envelope Company Inc. - SLEEVELOPE - Cohoes, N.Y.
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 4 c
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Wide notch
Text starts under "NON"
Inside print:
SLEEVELOPE
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 5 a
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Wide notch
Text starts under "NON"
No inside print
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 5 b
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Wide notch
Larger hole
Text starts under "NON"
No inside print
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 6
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Small notch
Text starts under "NON"
Wide top band
 Cut straight/notch  Inside glued
No 7 a
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Small notch
Text starts under "AKA"
Bottom white band
18.5 mm
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 7 b
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Small notch
Text starts under "AKA"
Bottom white band
20 mm
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 7 c
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Small notch
Text starts under "AKA"
Bottom white band
21 mm
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 7 d
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Small notch
Text starts under "AKA"
Bottom white band
22 mm
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 8
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Text starts under "KAB"
Special centre cut
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 a
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Text starts under "KAB"
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 b
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Text starts under "KAB"
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 c
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Text starts under "KAB"
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 d
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Text starts under "KAB"
Large Hole
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 e
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Text starts under "KAB"
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 f
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White bands
Larger hole
Text starts under "KAB"
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 10 a
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Text starts under "EAK"
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 10 b
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Text starts under "EAK"
Green print
goes to the end of flaps
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 10 c
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Text starts under "EAK"
Green print does not
go to the end of flaps
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 a
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Wide notch
5 is left of Columbia box corner
101 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
. Ref 113D  Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 b
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Wide notch
5 is almost flush with Columbia box corner
102 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 c
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Wide notch
5 is flush with Columbia box corner
102 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 d
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Wide notch
5 is right of Columbia box corner
101 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 e
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Wide notch
5 is far right of Columbia box corner
102 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 f
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Small notch
5 is almost flush with Columbia box corner
96 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 g
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Back bar 60 degree angle
Small notch
5 is almost flush with Columbia box corner
96 mm text
Corner of flaps curved
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 h
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104 mm text
Bottoms of flaps are cut at a 45 degree angle
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 i
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Wide notch
5 is left of Columbia box corner
102 mm text
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 11 j
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Wide notch
5 is almost flush with Columbia box corner
104 mm text
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 11 k
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Wide notch
5 is flush with Columbia box corner
104 mm text
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 11 l
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to
mid 1954
 
Red diagonal on the back is at a 45 degree angle
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 12 a
mid 1954
to
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Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-310 to B-399
Bottom text on back
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 12 b
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to
late 1954
Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-310 to B-399
No bottom text on back
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 13 a
late 1954
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Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-345 to B-442
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 13 b
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early 1955
Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-345 to B-442
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 14 a
early 1955
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Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-328 to B-468
 
 Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 14 b
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to
mid 1955
Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-328 to B-468
 Slightly curved top  Inside glued   
No 15 a
mid 1955
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Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-198 to B-478
Narrow spacing
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 15 b
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late 1955
Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-198 to B-478
Wide spacing
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 16
late 1955
to
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Lists 45 RPM albums
 B-189 to B-510
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 17
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No detachable corner
Logo/text same side
. Ref 113A  Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 18
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Detachable corner
Logo/text same side
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 19
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Detachable corner
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued  
No 20
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No detachable corner
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued   
No 21 a
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Detachable corner
   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 21 b
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Detachable corner
   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 22
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4-40981 - 1957
Detachable corner
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 23
4-40983 - 1957
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No border
Intense black
Long text
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 24
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No border
Black
Short text
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 25
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Border
Short text
 
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 26

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Front: One line
Back: One line
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 27

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Front: One line
Back: Two lines
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 28

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1959
No border
Both sides
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 29
4-41337 - 1959
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No border
Back only
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 30
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Small border
Both sides
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 31
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Small border
Both sides
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 32 a
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Wide border
Back only
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 32 b
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to
1960
Wide border
Back only
 
. Ref 113  Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 33 a
1960
to
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Brown print
Back only
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 33 b
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to
4-42478 - jun 1962
Light brown print
Back only
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 34
4-42479 - jun 1962
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   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 35
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   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 36
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   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 37
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to
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Regular paper
Curved cut on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 38
.
to
4-42968 - jan 1964
Light waxy paper
Curved cut on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued  
1963-1964 Artist/Color Labels and their sleeves
Separate page
No 39
4-43030 - apr 1964
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Text right side
No top text
128 mm between logos
. Ref 113B  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 40
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to
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Text right side
No top text
126 mm between logos
   Curved top - "hill curve"  Inside glued  
No 41
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to
Late 1968
Text left side
No top text
126 mm between logos
   Curved top - "hill curve"  Inside glued  
No 42
Late 1968
to
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Short text left side
Top text
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 43
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to
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Long text left side
Top text
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 44 a
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to
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Three lines of text
right side
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 44 b
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to
April 1969
Three lines of text
right side
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 45 a
April 1969
to
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Curved cut on the front
Very dark brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  

 
No 45 b
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Curved cut on the front
Brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 45 c
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to
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Curved cut on the front
Light brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 46
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to
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Curved cut on the front
All printing has thinner lines
Address on the front
 Curved top  Inside glued 
No 47
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to
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Curved cut on the front
White paper
Grey
Address on the front
 Curved top  Inside glued 
No 48 a
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to
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Curved cut on the back
Brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 48 b
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Curved cut on the back
Lighter brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 48 c
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Curved cut on the back
Light brown print
Address on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 49
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to
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Curved cut on the back
Brown print
Address on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 50 a
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to
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Curved cut on the front
Brown print
Address on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 50 b
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to
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Curved cut on the front
Brown print
Address on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 50 c
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to
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Curved cut on the front
Brown print
Address on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 50 d
.
to
Early 1973
Curved cut on the front
Brown print
Address on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued   
The Orange sleeve with DJ-labels
No 51 a
Jul 1969
to
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Both sides
 Curved top  Inside glued  
No 51 b
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to
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Thick paper
Both sides
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 52 a
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to
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Both sides
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 52 b
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to
Early 1972
Both sides
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 53
1973
to
1984
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Columbia black
This sleeve ran for a long time and several printers were used. This caused a lot of differences.
Separate page
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 Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 54
Columbia Disco Series
1976
© 1976 CBS Inc.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 55
2001
to
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   Cut straight  Inside glued (!)  
Other sleeves
S 1
One Side Singles
1982-1983

   Curved top  Inside glued  
EP 1
Stereo Fidelity EP
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
Sleeves for DJ records
D 1
1957
to
.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
D 2
1960s ?
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
D 3
1977
© 1977 CBS Inc.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
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