Beka Grand Record 1

Beka-Grand-Record (U.K.) / c. 1908

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Design: The lettering for the label name is in the high-waisted Art Nouveau style, which came into vogue in the late 1890s. While much of late 19th century design favoured fussy ornamentation (as seen above the spindle hole), the clean-looking lines of sans serif type, as seen in the lower segment, was also a product of that era.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Graham Farnell of the U.K. Thanks for updated info to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "In 1903 Heinrich Bumb and Carl Koenig started the 'Institut fur Moderne Erfindungen [Institute for Modern Inventions] Bumb und Koenig' to develop phonograph machines. Shortly afterward, they introduced the Beka record label, the name of which was created by a combination of B, the German pronunciation of the letter 'B' (for Bumb), and K, the pronunciation of the letter 'K' (for Koenig). In 1910 the business magnate Carl Lindstrom began buying Beka shares; by 1917 he had become its sole owner."

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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