Keen-O-Phone Record

Keen-O-Phone Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1914

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Design: As with most pre-war labels, the label name follows the outside curve, with an unfurled scroll banner enclosing information in the lower segment. A truncated conductor conducts the sound issuing from a table-top morning-glory-horn wind-up phonograph (compare with The Leader).

History: Label scan courtesy of Ed Pauli of the U.S.A., who notes that this Philadelphia-based label, whose recordings were made in the vertical format, like the early Edison and Pathe records, was in existence from 1912 to 1914; its name was then changed to Rex Record.

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