Design: The inventors of sound recording believed its potential to be in the world of business as spoken voice recordings, but its future lay in music and song for home entertainment. Lindström's 'Parlophon' tabletop phonographs were intended for the 'parlor,' the special room of the home often reserved for the polite entertainment of family and friends. On an early summer's evening, an attractive young woman is about to put a record on the morning-glory-horn phonograph. Lindström (not an ethnic German himself) may have mistakenly used the sign overlaying the phonograph in the logo at the foot as a Gothic initial 'L,' but it is in fact a Roman letterform representing the 'libra' or British pound sterling.
History: A pre-World War I label owned by Carl Lindström, a German businessman. The label disappeared during WWI, but was revived in later years. Label scan courtesy of collector and music researcher Helmut Janisch of Germany.