1949 - 1953
The Kaybee label of Wilmington, Ohio, U.S.A. was launched in 1949. It was co-founded by Jack S. Jossey and Howard W. "Kroger" Babb, two businessmen and producers of numerous cheaply made and aggressively promoted exploitation films during the 1940s and 1950s.
The parent company, Hallmark Pictures , was founded in November 1948 and also launched a sister label "Hallmark".
The pair also owned Hollywood Productions and Hygienic Productions, the latter an outgrowth of their personal hygiene business.
The label folded in 1953 after Babb, facing federal tax-evasion charges and other legal and financial problems, mounted "The World's Most Sensational Bargain Sale". This consisted mostly of personal hygiene products but included remaining copies of unsold records.