Design: The Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba (1861 - 1931) was an operatic superstar with worldwide fame, and her signature on the label was a guarantee to the buyer that she endorsed the recording as being first-class quality. She was unique in having a series of recordings named in her honour (as well as a variety of toast!).
History: As the previous page. Label scan courtesy of collector Michael Letchford of the U.K., who notes that the above is a 1909 pressing of a recording originally made in 1904.