Azurephone (France) / c. 1919

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Design: 'Azure' in French suggests a sky-blue colour, so the background here is appropriate, along with a shining sun in the upper segment. The fluid border shows the influence of Art Nouveau, with the creatively-drawn label name lettering flowing into the design at either end.

History: Image from the collection of Edouard Pecourt, courtesy of David Seubert of the library of the University of California, who notes that the French-made label was recording Tango orchestras and a variant for Tele-Phone records of Latin America.

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