Kalliope 2

Kalliope (Germany) / c. 1910

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Design: An unusual and powerful design, with the label name in the lower segment and the song title at the top, the opposite of the usual arrangement. The Gothic lettering of the label name shows verve and strength, with Victorian-era tendrils adding to the dark, mystical effect.

History: Like other German label names of the period which drew their inspiration from pagan mythology (Janus, Minerva etc.), Kalliope (or Calliope, 'the beautiful-voiced one') was supposedly a daughter of Zeus. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who also supplied the Kalliope press advertisement from 1907 (below), which shows a wood-engraving of the thriving Leipzig-based factory.

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

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