Design: The upper segment evidently shows a scene from the La Paloma zarzuela* showing five elegantly-dressed characters, who portray some very interesting fashion statements. The gentleman on the left leans stylishly on his cane, one hand on his lapel; he wears a Victorian-era frock coat, with a shiny top hat and an ostentatious gold watch-chain. The two ladies next to him, who both seem to have a haughty attitude, are richly dressed in colourful national costume. The two figures on the right wear more sober apparel, the male in a 'modern' or Edwardian businessman's suit and bowler hat and snappy white-leather shoes, with his hand stylishly placed in his pocket, while the female, with her arms crossed (in disapproval?) wears a long black gown with a white scarf. Printed in several colours, the very artistic and highly detailed illustration reveals the importance of visual appeal in point-of-purchase marketing, as 'fine' art here meets with 'commercial' graphic design.
History: Label scan courtesy of collector John Bruninx of Belgium, who notes: "I have no further info on this very nice label but some of my fellow-collectors think it is from Zarzuela Records; however, the Odeon logo appears above the center hole, so who knows? The translation is 'The Festival of the White Dove* -- The Virgin of El Rocio'**."
*The following extract is from Wikipedia: "La Verbena de la Paloma (The fair of the dove [Virgin of the Holy Spirit]) is an 1894 zarzuela with a libretto by Ricardo de la Vega (es) and music by Tomás Bretón . . . The work premiered in Madrid in 1894 and produced a great success for the authors, leading quickly to a debut in South America where it premiered the same year in Buenos Aires."
**According to Andalucia.com, the pilgrimage of El Rocio, a town in Andalusia, "is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country and beyond. Every Andalucian city, town and village has its own pilgrimages, for its patron saint, virgin or other much-loved local figure, but the El Rocio has cult status, and is the most important and most colourful."
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