Kalliope Record

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

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Design: The 19th-century feminine impulse for decoration (as seen on the previous Kalliope label) has almost disappeared, except for the swelled-line border. Lively, inventive typography now becomes the feature to attract the buyer's eye.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). One of many German-made labels being marketed in England prior to WWI; like several others (e.g. Janus, Minerva, Syrena), the name has links to Greek mythology. Calliope, meaning 'beautiful-voiced,' was chief of the Muses, a nine-member sisterhood of divinely-inspired song and dance (and 'Calliope,' well-known as a steam-organ instrument, would have been the spelling of the label name had the record originated in England). Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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