Pathe 1

Pathé (France) / c. 1919

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Design: A neat square-framed panel inside the outer circle (as seen in the more commonly met with Aeolian Vocalion design), is further subdivided into sections to clarify imprinted information. The strapwork border, usually found on Pathé releases, does not appear; the rooster, symbol of France, is also missing.

History: Pathé Frères [Pathé Brothers], a French company who began as cylinder phonograph manufacturers but who branched out into making disc records in 1905, opened offices in the U.S. in 1914, producing vertical-cut discs into the early 1920s. The earliest Pathé discs played from the centre, moving outward. This technology was eventually abandoned in favour of the conventional outer-edge starting point. Label scan courtesy of collector Marco Gialdroni of Italy.

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

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