Imperial Record

Imperial Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1908

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Design: An appropriate colour scheme, as purple and gold are associated with royalty. The label name, its baseline on a steep arc, is a fine example of high Victoriana, as richly luxurious as the gold-fringed, silk-lined velvet cape which forms the backdrop. This stunningly beautiful label was introduced in 1904 as a replacement for the equally spectacular Leeds label, which was blind-embossed in gold-coloured metal. The same image, printed in a single colour, appears on the 1924 Imperial Record from England; whether a business connection existed between the two labels is unknown.

History: Manufactured by Leeds & Catlin, a rogue manufacturer of records between 1902 and 1909, who were finally forced out of business by Columbia.

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