Unidentified 1

Unidentified (Germany) / c. 1913

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Design: The outer border is similar to the contemporary U.S. Domino label, but the 'strap' design across the centre hails from an earlier time; the reference number either side of the spindle hole is unusually large. The widely-spaced, carefully-arranged style of typesetting and the fine printing quality also suggest a German origin.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of collector Kjell Thorsen of Norway, who writes: "The record is double-sided, with a raised outer lip to stop the needle slipping off the record at the start position, and an eccentric run-out groove at the end (usual for records from about 1925 on). The brass-band orchestra is Tyrolean-sounding to me, so it may have been recorded in Austria or Germany. Why so many languages (German, English, Spanish and Russian) are shown on the label is unknown."

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

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