Desky Svatopluk 2

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

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Design: The graceful monoline ornament, perfectly positioned above the spindle hole, complements the other graphic elements such as the (monoline) label name lettering and the swelled rule below. Though it was a tendency of printers of the time to use a different style of font (roman, sans serif, script) for each line, type designers would soon begin developing 'font families' with the same characteristics but of varying weights (light, medium, bold, extrabold, italic, bold italic, etc.), and the mixing of different styles became less commonly seen.

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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