Homophon

Homophon Company (U.K.) / 1909

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Design: The illustration of a bare-breasted woman playing a stringed instrument in the forest (compare with the original artwork) reflects the emphasis that was being placed on pagan nature-worship in Germany, and the idealization of the human form that would culminate in the Nazis' rejection of any other style of art. An effective design, with strong typography. The catalogue number (6170) is set in an unusually large-size, handsome fat face.

History: The German Homophon company had offices in England prior to WWI. GMBH is short for 'Gesellschaft Mit Beschränkter Haftung,' the German equivalent of a limited company. Musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. notes: "This item was recorded May 13, 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland; it was most unusual for a record company to make an excursion outside London. The recording also appeared on the Homochord and [Australian] Rexophone labels."




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