Amour Gramophone Record 1

Amour Gramophone Record (Tsarist Russia) / c. 1914

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Design: A beautiful lithographic print job, the delicate shading being achieved by way of hand-stippled dots. Compare the logo/illustration with the same from Angel Records in the 1950s. The label name, arranged around the upper segment in Roman lettering, is visually well balanced, with the word 'Gramophone' being reversed out over a music staff.

History: The Gramophone, Typewriter and Sister Companies of London (GT&S), who produced this record for the Russian market, was originally the European subsidiary of industry pioneer Emil Berliner, who in 1900 had sold his U.S. business to Eldridge Johnson of Victor. As noted in English around the spindle hole, the cherub scribing the groove on a record is a registered trade mark (of GT&S). Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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

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