Antedating of "liner notes"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 24 11:41:12 UTC 2014

OED quotes "liner notes" from 1955, abbreviated as "liner" from 1953.

Here's a Billboard magazine album review from 10 April 1948 (page 37):

A batch of reissued boogie disks including some of the classics in this
idiom with some of the all-time B.W. greats featured. Neatly packaged with
concise liner notes by Dave Dexter. Should find a place in retailer
catalogs since the eight beat stuff is hardly dated. But sale will probably
be restricted to aficionados and jazz lovers.

"Liner notes" is used a lot in Billboard from 1948 onwards.


(I first found a 24 April 1948 in Google Books but forgot to note the link.
Minutes later I couldn't find it but instead found this 10 April.)

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