Robeyphone Grand

Robeyphone Grand (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: The illustration of three Gothic spires shown might well be based on the cathedral of Lichfield in Staffordshire (right), to which city Mr. Robey, founder of Robeyphone, may have had some emotional attachment. 'Lich-field' has as its meaning 'the area of dead bodies,' which suggests that in the distant past it was the site of a major battle.

History: According to Don Taylor's The English 78 Picture Book, this label was produced by Jumbo Record, and was marketed by a Mr. G. Robey of Coventry, manufacturer of Robeyphone gramophone machines. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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