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Not to be confused with EMI's former record label the Columbia Graphophone Company. For the former international subsidiary, see CBS Records International.

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Columbiarecords1920s Nippon Columbia logo Columbia Records 1938 Columbia Records 1957
1908–1923 1923–1938 1938–1954 1954–1961
 
Columbia Records 1962 Columbia Records 1970 (Horizontal) Columbia Records (Wordmark) Columbia Records 1999
1961–1990 1970–1990 1990–1999 1999–present


1908–1923

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The first variation of the company's original "Magic Notes" logo, with its original slogan "Note the Notes".

1923–1938

Nippon Columbia logo

This logo is still used by Nippon Columbia in Japan.

1938–1954

Columbia Records 1938
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The CBS Radio logo was incorporated into the "Magic Notes" logo in 1938.

1954–1961

Columbia Records 1957
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The original version of Columbia's now-iconic "Walking Eye" logo was designed by S. Neil Fujita, and was introduced in 1954. The logo was originally supposed to represent a stylus above the grooves of a record, but was nicknamed the "Walking Eye" by many unaware of its original meaning.

1961–present

1961–1990

Columbia Records 1962

The 1954 logo was modified to have the symbol look more like a record (hence the rings inside it), but was also nicknamed the "Walking Eye" like the last one; it is noted for its slight similarity to the logo of the label's owner at the time, CBS.

1970–1990, 1999–present

Columbia Records 1970 (Horizontal)

The 1961 "Walking Eye" logo was used alongside a wordmark similar to that of CBS's 1956 logo. It was used as the company's supplemental logo on labels of its records from 1970 until 1990. It is now used as an alternate version of the 1999 logo.

1990–1999

Columbia Records (Wordmark)

After EMI acquired the rights of the company's previously used trademarks (excluding the "Walking Eye" logo), the company decided to use the wordmark from its 1970 logo as their main logo from 1990 to 1999. This logo is now used as an alternate logo on the spines of CD tray inserts.

1999–present

Columbia Records 1999

An updated logo featuring the 1970/1990 wordmark with the 1961 "Walking Eye" logo was introduced in June 1999.