The New-Empire-Record

The New-Empire-Record (U.K.) / 1912

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Design: Issued at the height of England's worldwide power and prestige, when the word 'Empire' held, for all Englishmen, positive connotations of national pride (in the best sense). The Union Jack was, for them, a respected symbol of honourable conduct in all things, and of valued principles which most felt were worth fighting and dying for (and which, in WWI, millions of them were soon to do). The symmetrical design and colour combination has much in common with the Velvet Face Record, also produced by Edison Bell. The fluid swelled-line borders and hyphenated label name, however, show design similarities to German-made labels such as Aga-Platte.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. According to author Don Taylor in his book The English 78 Picture Book, the records were made for Manufacturers' Accessory Company (M.A.C.) by Edison Bell from 1912 onward.

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