Special Leader Record

Special Leader Record (U.K.) / c. 1912

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Design: The border and ornaments are of the late Victorian variety, thin and mechanical-looking. The label name is also set in a thin, mechanical-looking condensed sans serif known as Grotesque.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). 'Ragtime,' as designated here, was a style of syncopated piano music that became immensely popular just before WWI, and contributed hugely to the development of jazz. Its best-known exponents were Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton. Note the mis-spelling of 'Havana,' likely because British compositors were unfamiliar with foreign place-names. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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