Russian National

National Gramophone Society (Tsarist Russia) / c. 1914

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Design: A raven-haired beauty plucks the strings of a lyre, with typical Eastern Orthodox onion-shaped domes (Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral?) in the distant background. The same conceptual imagery can be seen on other labels, e.g. Atlanta, Homokord, and Extraphone. The imprinting of the song title etc. is done over the background of a blank music scroll. A very high quality of artwork and printing, with the image providing all the visual appeal.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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