Homokord 1

Homokord (Germany) / c. 1910

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Design: A recording horn, which appears to be concealed among the bushes, captures the music made by a naked female singing and playing a harp, thus capturing a purely 'natural' sound. The label name homo (the same) chord (harmonic grouping of notes) was presumably chosen to mean 'the same sound,' i.e. an equivalent, lifelike reproduction, although the word would carry a different inference today!

History: Label scan courtesy of Harvey Golden of the U.S.A. Thanks to Constantin Tavolzansky of East Ukraine for supplying the following info: "Homokord (after 1923 sometimes spelled 'Homocord') gramophone records were manufactured by the German company Homophon Company GmbH, which was established in 1905. The company's headquarters were located in Berlin on Alexandrienstrasse, in the Kreuzberg district. Initially, it was expected that Homokord would be able to penetrate the Russian market, and plans were made to open a subsidiary branch in Kalisz, Poland. However, ill choices of artists and poor technical quality of the recordings resulted in a gradual decline in the company's Russian-content catalogue. The last Russian recordings to appear on the Homokord label were in 1910; after that date all Russian-language masters were sold to the Stella Record gramophone company."

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

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