Leeds Records

Leeds Records (U.S.A.) / c. 1904

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Design: The blind-embossed metallic foil label features a very wide floral border of long-leaved sprays interspersed with berries. The label name, in the upper segment, is lettered in closely-intertwined swash italic capitals that seem to be loosely drifting along, cloud-like, while three winged cherubs disport themselves alongside. The lower segment, a panel defined by a flowing border, also has a soft, dream-like quality. The feminine, romantic, decorative qualities of the late 19th century movement known as Art Nouveau is much in evidence.

History: The Leeds company, having its beginnings in the 1890s with cylinder manufacture, was to run afoul of Columbia's patents when its line of discs were introduced in 1903. A lawsuit by Columbia forced the cessation of the Leeds label around 1907, but the parent company, Leeds & Catlin, continued with other labels such as Imperial until 1909. Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

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