Scala-Record 2

Scala-Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1912

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Design: The stylized image in the upper segment, which (once again) reflects the widespread contemporary interest in classical mythology and archaeology, shows a pair of figures rowing a carved boat with a furled sail, its mast being formed from a stringed lyre with a frame carved like a dove and hung with garlands of flowers. Though unclear, the image may have to do with the Greek mythological legend of Jason and the Argonauts, who took ship to recover a golden fleece, being at one point in their travels aided by a dove. The label name appears in a Victorian-era condensed Latin, with wedge-shaped serifs and blobby decorations. The overall treatment, including the Victorian-style belt and decoration across the centre is virtually identical to that seen on the earlier Heliophon-Record (right).

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "This was a made-to-order label produced by S. Weiss & Co. of Berlin, established in 1907. The Czech program was an unattractive one, featuring brass bands and almost no vocals. The matrices were obtained from Beka and Lindström."

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

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