Parlophon Monarch Record

Parlophon Monarch Record (Russia) / c. 1911

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Design: A lovely Art Nouveau-style illustration (young, nubile females are almost always the central element in Art Nouveau designs, treated with sensual, curving lines). She is entranced by the sound emanating from the morning-glory horn of a record playing on a table-top phonograph. A garland of stylized laurel leaves, signifying victory, is draped over the table. The label name follows the outer curve in the upper segment, often seen in pre-WWI designs. The Art Nouveau movement had its beginnings in the late 1890s in France and would spread to Germany in the early 1900s, but did not find wide acceptance in the harsh physical (and political) climate of Russia, where the institution of monarchy would soon be violently rejected.

History: The Parlophon label was owned by Swedish-German industrialist Carl Lindström. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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

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