Derby-Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / 1910

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Design: It is unclear why a German-based company should have employed the English word 'Derby' (pronounced in England as 'Darby') in its label name, which is contained in a concave-ended panel that is reminiscent of the 1913 Victor 'bat-wing' label. The circle at the upper centre, which dominates the design, contains a finely-detailed illustration of a table-top phonograph (right). The heavy triple-line border considerably reduces the space left available for imprinting, which here is minimal.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "Produced by Turmalin-Fabrik Derby-Record Co. of Berlin. The masters were obtained from various companies; Czech repertoire/recordings were offered by the company of Adolf Schlesinger, Mariahilfestrasse 89A, Vienna."

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