Marconi 1

Marconi Velvet Tone Record (U.S.A.) / 1907

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Design: An unusual 45-degree division of the label face. Marconi's sombre face and signature lend credibility to the product, in the same way that Edison's well-known face and signature authenticated his own records. Note also the Columbia logo, with the lettering following the shape of the horn. The hand-drawn lettering of the Marconi label name subtly widens as it radiates outward, to help fill in extra space. The font used for the reverse of the label (below) is Dolphin, a design based on fonts used by book-printers during the Italian Renaissance.

History: Irish-Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) was best known for developing practical systems of wireless telegraphy and radio transmission. At his death, all radio stations around the world observed a two-minute silence. Label scans courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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