Diadal Record 2

Diadal Record (Hungary) / c. 1919

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Design: A very nice realistic illustration of a small string orchestra; the vertical lines in the background probably represent stage curtains. The label name lettering is handled with flair.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria. Thanks for updated information to Dr. D. H. Meyer of Germany, who writes: "Berkes was the name of a famous Hungarian gipsy violinist band leader, or in Hungarian 'Zigány Primás,' who in his high times around 1914 had a label of his own within the Diadal record line, showing his band and his name. Béla Berkes (1888-1950), who was appointed 'Königlicher Hofmusiker' (royal court musician) of Austro-Hungary, also recorded for HMV and Columbia up to the times of electrical recording technology beyond 1925. He toured Europe with his band and performed at venues in London and Paris. In 1927 he visited New York, USA. As far as I am informed, Diadal record was an Austro-Hungarian brand affiliated with German Beka (former Bumb & Koenig) record manufacturers, later part of the powerful Lindström trust. The word 'Diadal' is Hungarian and means 'Triumph.'"

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

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