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 firstname.lastname@example.org). Label scan above courtesy of collector Helmut Janisch of Germany.