Diploma Record 1

Diploma Record (U.K.) / c. 1912

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Design: The semi-furled flags above the spindle hole are the Union Jack of Great Britain (left) and the Tricoleur of France (right). The political situation in Europe prior to WWI may be the reason these two flags are shown as being united. The 'British Manufacture' line is prominently displayed, perhaps as a patriotic appeal to potential buyers.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that this label, launched in 1911, was produced for J. Blum & Co. (a department store?) firstly by Edison Bell (UK), then by Kalliope (of Germany) and lastly by the Disc Record Company of Harrow, near London. It disappeared in 1919.

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

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