Popular 1

Popular (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: Little clusters of wiry Victorian ornamentation impart some character to this otherwise plain design. The colour combination of purple and gold, far from being 'popular,' represents royalty (purple, the most difficult colour of all to obtain, was used to dye royal robes).

History: Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that Popular obtained its masters from the Grammavox company. Launched by the Crystalate conglomerate in 1913 as a low-priced record (as touted on the three P 'blurbs' above the spindle hole), the label would last until 1922.

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

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