Durabo Record

Durabo Record (The Netherlands) / 1912

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Design: The label name lettering is very similar in style to the Jumbo-Record (the habit of hyphenating the label name words is typical of many German-made labels). The swelled-line borders and ornamentation is very similar to that appearing on the Janus-Record and the Artigas label. The weird-looking image of the lady was most likely created by the overlapping of two photographic negatives (or positives).

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The craziest label I've ever seen! Durabo-Records were launched in 1912 by the Durabo Record Company, located at Singel 406 Street, Amsterdam. 'Fabrieksmerk' means 'trade mark' (which does not conflict with 'pressed in Germany'). I had to combine the A- and B-sides into one scan because both labels were badly scratched up. But the image of the lady with three eyes, two noses and two mouths has not been doctored by Photoshop!"

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