Disque Priamos

Disque Priamos (Belgium) / c. 1910

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Design: The flowing lines of the lettering and ornament clearly place this design as a typical example of Art Nouveau, a style which flowered in Paris in the early 1890s, propagated by the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha, and lasting until about 1910. The name 'Priamos' may be a reference to King Priam of Troy, perhaps yet another example of the widespread public fascination with the ancient world, fueled by the many archaeological discoveries that were taking place at the time. The final 'S' seems to have been a later addition or modification, since it is obviously cruder in execution.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who suggests this may be a test pressing.

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