Symphony Record

Symphony Record (Japan) / c. 1916

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Design: The design, obviously related to the Nipponophone label (right) shows a naked cherub wearing a laurel circlet of victory around its head and blowing a curving brass horn similar to a sousaphone, an instrument often to be seen in a symphonic orchestra, the end of which has been transformed into that of a phonograph, about to be borne aloft by a screeching American bald eagle, which is perched on the horn itself.

History: One of several labels under the umbrella of the Nitchiku Corporation (at first known as 'Nihon Chikuonki Shokai' or 'Japan and American Phonograph Manufacturing Company Ltd.,' but later to become known as 'Nipponophone') which had its beginnings in the early 20th century in the Far East with American businessman Frederick W. Horn. Label scan courtesy of collector Helmut Janisch of Germany.

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