Rice-Record (Germany) / c. 1909

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Design: The label name, printed on a band of pink stock, appears to have been pasted over a black original, with little regard for centering alignment. The typographic components, printed in gold, seem to have been assembled from hot-metal type rather than being hand-lettered, though that technically difficult project has been done well. The ornaments show the influence of Jugendstil, the German version of Art Nouveau that began to find expression from about 1907 onward.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "Rice Records were made from Janus matrices around 1909 and distributed in Germany by one Martin Reis of Berlin."

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