Blue Note Records were founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis and went on to put out some of the most important records in music history. Some Blue Note artists include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith and Horace Silver. Along with their bold music Blue Note was also known for their stunning album covers. Reid Miles was their in-house artist who also worked for Esquire at the time. The labels visual image was defined by black and white photographs, san-serif fonts, and a limited color palette which consisted of black and white with a singular bold color.