Desky-Mozart-Desky (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / 1909

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Design: The label name is set in a font which shows the influence of the German version of Art Nouveau, which was called Jugendstil ('Young Style'), and was popular in Germany for the first decade of the 20th century. The lettering exhibits a blocky heaviness and carries suggestions of medieval Gothic forms. The quality of the printing seems to be not of the first class, but this could be the result of water damage.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who notes: "The company owned by one Josef Kukla in Prague boasted that its new records, Desky ('Disc') Mozart, were twice as durable as records issued by any other manufacturer. In fact, Mr. Kukla used matrices from Lyrophon which were already on the market and covered their blank labels with his own stickers."

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