Designed by John Kosh, a creative director at Apple Records — it’s the only original UK Beatles album to not show show the artist name or album title on the front cover. Kosh simply put “we didn’t need to write the band’s name on the cover … They were the most famous band in the world”.
The front cover design, a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, was taken on August 8, 1969. Principle photographer, Iain Macmillan, had 10 minutes to get the perfect shot from a step ladder while police held up traffic. The shot consists of the group crossing Abbey road with Lennon as leader, followed by Starr, McCartney, and Harrison. McCartney is barefoot and out of step with the other members.
In the photo, a white Volkswagen Beetle is parked on the left, which belonged to one of the residents on the block — following the album release, the license plate (LMW 281F) was stolen multiple times. Also, the man standing on the sidewalk on the right is Paul Cole, an American tourist unaware he had been photographed until he saw the album cover months later.
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