Famous Record

Famous-Record (U.K.) / c. 1912

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Design: In spite of the 'British Manufacture' claim, the design is obviously of German origin (compare similarities with The Alexander Record), and features a variety of decorative motifs. As with many German-made records, the label name is hyphenated. The label name has been hand-lettered, but the artist has made the mistake of putting the vertical stress on the 'U' on the wrong stroke (the left side of the letter should be the bolder of the two, as can be seen in the headline at the top of this page). The image above the spindle hole (below, reversed) shows a pair of hands -- from different people -- holding a beribboned wreath containing the likeness of a bearded and crowned king (Charlemagne?).

History: Label scan above courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Alternate colour scan (below) courtesy of collector Graham Farnell, also of the U.K.

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