When searching the Internet for LP frames to finally get some of your favorite covers up on the wall, chances are that, depending on your search terms, Rock Art Picture Show’s Record Album Frame will pop up right at the top of your search results, simply because it has been around for ages. I don’t really know when they started producing those, and their (abominably ugly) site doesn’t say, but they have a history. The site doesn’t hold back on the hype, either:
This is the only Record Album Frame both Graceland and The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame offer in their gift shops. [...] The Smithsonian selected us for exhibit purposes. [...] We were chosen over the clip metal and wood record album frames simply because we create a better Looking display for album covers.
Although I believe that there are better LP frames to be had, one thing is true: lots of people came after Rock Art and copied their idea. And that idea was to design a frame which can easily and solidly house single or double LP covers and which is as easy to use as possible. The result is a frame into which you simply slide (as opposed to using clips on the back of the frame) an LP cover, which is then ready to be hung on the wall. Simple.
The Record Album Frame comes in various sizes and can accomodate either normal album covers, picture disks (7 or 12 inch) or picture sleeves. To add a bit of variety to your frames, you can buy additional mats in white and gray and round mats for picture discs with a protective backing for the discs.
Prices range from $12.65 for a picture sleeve frame to $19.95 for an album frame. Buying larger numbers will get you a discount. Three mats will set you back a mere $9 and if you like, you can buy prefitted frames with assorted sleeves from different eras and artists.
To be quite honest, I was a bit disappointed by these. I don’t want to say they look cheap, but for that money better frames are available today. When compared to what some people have to offer on eBay, these are not competitively priced. Still, they come highly recommended by many collectors and they are, and that is their added bonus, virtually indestructible.