Elite Record

Elite-Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1914

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Design: A delightful and delicate illustration in a semicircular panel with scalloped corners, showing an attractive young lady wearing a puffed-sleeved folk dress, and playing an unusual type of fiddle or violin with a very thin body and a deeply swooping neck. The lettering of the label name is in a robust late Victorian style; the song title translates as 'Christmas Carols.'

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "The Czech repertoire of this label was pressed from the same matrices also appearing on the contemporary Patria, Fox and Arena labels, and were obtained from Polyphon. They were ordered through a catalogue published by a company called Novitas, which was owned by Mr. Diego Fuchs."




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