Unidentified 1

Unidentified (Germany) / c. 1908

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Design: The stylized interlaced border provides the visual effect of a warrior's shield. This unusual label was gold foil-stamped on red leatherette, not printed on paper.

History: The military band featured on this record evidently made several recordings for Edison in Berlin in 1905. "Kaiser Franz" refers to Franz Josef (1830-1916) who in 1867 was crowned king of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Soon after the June 1914 assassination of his heir, the arch-duke Franz Ferdinand, the world was plunged into war.

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