Disco Fadas

Disco Fadas (Spain) / c. 1912

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Design: A devilishly handsome Spanish nobleman, wearing a medieval-era plumed hat, cape, ruffed collar and baggy pantaloons, carries a table-top phonograph, which he is winding by hand -- a rather dubious and dangerous operation! The machine's extended horn passes between two lines of elaborately curlicued lettering for the label name. The song title is typeset in a sturdy bracketed Victorian-era 'mediaeval' font, the greasy-looking letterpress image comparing badly with the sharply-lithographed illustration. A good reminder of how quickly record labels evolved from plain (and often rather ugly) exercises in typography, e.g. the Columbia label, into attractive and evocative pieces of commercial art.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan above courtesy of collector Helmut Janisch of Germany.

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