Desky Svatopluk 1

Desky Svatopluk (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1909

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Design: The careful typographic and graphic treatment is almost identical to that seen on other Beka labels, such as the one marketed in England (right), with a similarly high print quality. The Beka-Record logo over the spindle hole, with a tiny Art Nouveau ornament mirrored above and below, is beautifully done.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who notes: "This label is from an unidentified Czech dealer which featured the usual repertoire of brass bands and comic speeches. Its matrices were obtained from the Beka company."

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

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