GT&S Melba Record 1

Gramophone "Melba" Record (U.K.) / 1904

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Design: Typographically undistinguished, but featuring two distinct families of fonts which were both products of the Victorian era: stub-serif (for the label name etc.) and Latin, with its spiky serifs, used for the song title (note the curly lowercase r).

History: The release date is very helpfully provided here; this was during the period when the Gramophone Company's name was defined as the 'Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd. and Sister Companies' (GT&S), 1900-1907. Australian singer Nellie Melba (1861-1931) was an operatic superstar. Her name on the title and her signature provided buyers with a guarantee of the quality of the product. Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

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

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