Herold-Record (Germany) / c. 1911

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Design: A delightfully medieval-looking design, with the label name in an outlined textura Gothic. The flamboyant illustration of a herald at the foot of red-carpeted steps (presumably leading up to a royal throne), matches the decorative treatment of the letters.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Herold-Record, a label of Phonographen-Katz, was owned by Mr. Jacob Katz, and was located in Alexanderstrasse 1, Berlin. Initially the company manufactured cheap cylinder-phonographs. The style of the Ammre royalty sticker dates it to post-1910. Details of the record are totally unknown to myself and my (anonymous) fellow collector, who specializes in German labels. The recording artist Gustav Schönwald (1868-1919) was well known in Germany as an elocutionist, actor and movie director, and was a co-founder of the Beka label. His first recordings were made on Edison cylinders; later, he and his ensemble would make many recordings for several different record labels, including hundreds of comedy sketches. Whoever performed the female part of 'Lilli Winter' is unknown. The German specialist discographer Berthold Leimbach wrote an exhaustive compendium about German cabaret records, titled Tondokumente der Kleinkunst und ihre Interpreten 1898-1945, but unfortunately, no recording dates were included in his listings. Neither the label name or the matrix numbers of this record appear in his book, so it remains something of an enigma."

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