Favorite Record 8

Favorite Record (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: A simple, impactful design featuring the Union Jack waving atop a slanted flagpole (ship's mast?), with all the lettering printed in gold. Created in Germany for the British market, this image would certainly have predated the hostilities which broke out between the two countries in 1914; perhaps the word 'Linden' (at the foot) was used rather than 'Germany' to avoid offending the sensibilities of patriotic buyers.

History: Collector Georg Richter of Germany 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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