Patria-Record 2

Patria-Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1909

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Design: The fox is here seen 'listening' to the sound emanating from the phonograph in a very obvious parody of the 'His Master's Voice' logo of the Gramophone Company, and led them to prosecute (see below).

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechosovakia, who writes: "Patria-Record obtained their masters from Kalliope Gesellschaft m.b.H. and others. One of the pioneers of Czech recording industry, Mr. Diego Fuchs ('Fuchs' translates as 'fox' in German) used different variations of labels for his pirate pressings. For his fox-and-phonograph images Mr. Fuchs was repeatedly sued by Deutschen Grammophon (DGG), the German subsidiary of Gramophone & Typewriter and Sister Companies (HMV), which actions eventually forced him into bankruptcy."

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

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