Golden Crown

Golden Crown Musicalphone (U.S.A.) / c. 1906

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Design: Evidently printed by lithography, since the ink coverage lacks the intensity and 'bite' of letterpress; the black ink could not be absorbed well by the gold-coated stock and would have had to dry mainly by evaporation. The lettering is all hand-drawn, as can be seen in the slight variation in the proportions of individual letters. It is perhaps interesting to note that prior to WWI, several American record labels carried names to do with royalty (e.g. Imperial, Crown, Golden Crown, Monarch, Princess), but that after the war, which saw the fall of most kingdoms and the rise of democracy, all such associations disappeared.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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