Fendrychova Ozvucka

Fendrychova Ozvucka (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / 1906

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Design: This marvellous image shows the riotous exuberance of late Victorian design, in which high-waisted Art Nouveau lettering with gradated shading, delicate line drawing, bold geometric panels and an Attic border are combined in a visually satisfying symmetrical arrangement. I envision finding jewels such as this only in rare and delectable dreams!

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "The data shown on this label is a complete mystery. No record exists of a music publisher by the name of Fendrych (a Czech name) and his  tuning fork (ozvucka). The name of the tune, Sousedovic hrusky (meaning a neighbour's pears) is based on the German original, Kirschen in Nachbars Garten (which means cherries, not pears!). The Vlastní orchestr (house orchestra) is in fact the German military band known as the Kaiser-Franz-Garde-Grenadier-Regiment. To get the right pitch this record must be played at 90 rpm."

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