Burlington Record

Burlington Record (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: The printing of the 'shell' has evidently been done by letterpress from a zinc photo-engraving, a process which had recently overtaken the traditional craft of wood-engraving (photographs and line drawings done in this way were by now appearing in newspapers and magazines). The 'slur' from overcharged ink-rollers has partially filled in the double-line border at the foot, and damage from a nail-punch holding the plate to its mount can be seen at the upper left. The quality of printing, colour of stock, overall style and the fonts used for imprinting make it clear that it is a stable-mate of the Arrow label.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). A fashionable shopping mall called the Burlington Arcade had been built around this time in the Mayfair district in London's West End; an indication of its snob status is reflected in the lyrics of a contemporary music-hall tune, 'Burlington Bertie from Bow.' The curving lines of the border contrast with the angular ornament above the spindle-hole (compare the style with the German-made Chantecler label). Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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