Favorite Record 3

Favorite Record (Germany) / 1917

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Design: Here, the iconic figure of Santa Claus (a.k.a. St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Father Christmas, etc. etc.) brings home a snow-covered Christmas tree he has cut from the distant forest, a custom originating from medieval times in Germany, perhaps symbolizing humanity's hope for 'ever-green' or eternal life, even in the midst of winter darkness. The large green star may be a continuance of the star images appearing on earlier Favorite labels, but treated in a more powerful way.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "Favorite was initially an independent company which, in addition to its own recordings, used matrices from the American Okeh company [which had a German-born businessman, Otto Heinemann, as its owner]. In 1913 Favorite was absorbed into the Lindström empire; from about 1919 on, most matrices on Favorite came from the Beka organization. The last year of Favorite records was 1926, but some of their records were later reissued by the German Parlophon company."

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

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