Manchester, England: 1997. Silver pin with blue enamel ink. 1⁄2 in. Item #5149
After the collapse of Factory Communications Ltd. in 1992, Factory Too was formed by London Records. Three years later, in 1995, Factory Too split from London, continuing as an independent label named Factory Records Limited. Confusingly, Factory Records Limited continued to use the Factory Too name.
It was only during this later iteration of Factory Too (the third Factory), that this “F” logo was used –for the 1997 Factory Records Christmas gift. As the only other occurrence of an “F” as the logo, this pin is clearly evocative of and likely influenced by tales of the earlier Lawrence Weiner painting.
Stamped on the back of the pin is the catalog number FAC 2.28. Originally, the pin came attached to a white card, with the greeting, “A very happy Christmas and a wonderful ’98, from (F)actory Records Limited, Manchester, England.”
1984 Factory logo in silver and FAC 136 printed on it. Unused.
A rare item capturing the rebirth of Factory Records, with a nod to its past.