In early pressings of records, the sleeves were made of plain paper, with the song title and possibly a record label's logo, being the only mark to differentiate it from other pressings. By the early 1940s, record companies began hiring art directors to create art for the covers. The popular music of the timeâ€”jazzâ€”was the first genre to benefit. Justin Collins is exhibits developer at the Discovery Museum at that Lake County Forest Preserve in Wauconda Illinois where there is currently an exhibition of the art of the album cover
Plus, Ann Filmer talks about effective packaging of the arts.