The Herald

The Herald (New Zealand) / c. 1912

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Design: An echo of the Victorian era is seen in the delicate border ornaments. The symmetrical arrangement of the words 'Gramophone' and 'Record' leading toward and away from the word 'Herald' create a large open area above the spindle-hole, possibly intended for a royalty stamp.

History: Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. writes that this New Zealand label used British masters from Bell Disc and Winner, which were pressed in London and shipped out in completed form; however, discographer Adam Miller of New Zealand also notes that this particular issue first appeared on a Beka record (see Miller's web site at This example turned up in Canada.

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