Favorite Record 1

Favorite Record (China) / 1910

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Design: A very attractive illustration of a pair of birds (starlings?) in a flowering tree, nicely positioned either side of the spindle hole. Also featured are a pair of symbolized chrysanthemum blooms, which may represent happiness or good fortune.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca), though a date of 24 May 1910 appears. This German-made label was part of a concerted effort on the part of German industrialists (with the encouragement of Kaiser Wilhelm) to extend Germany's militaristic ambitions and increase its political influence across the world. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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