Unidentified 3

Unidentified (Germany) / c. 1911

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Design: In the upper segment, a pair of elaborate Victorian-era brackets support a fanciful heraldic crest (see enlargement below), featuring an inverted chevron, surmounted by a crown, flanked by a pair of outward-facing animals (wolves?) draped with a banner (chains?), and holding a record between their front paws (hoofs?). The heart-shaped cartouche below, divided by a grid and with background colours represented by textures of lines and dots, shows a cross of Lorraine on the left and a cone-shaped icon on the right. The design is further extended, both outward and downward, by Jacobean-style strapwork and Victoriana flourishes. The outer border is also highly ornamental, but drawn more freely in a style that is more in keeping with the Jugendstil fashion (e.g. shaded-line treatment appearing on the Homokord label, c. 1913).

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scans above and below courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "John Pidoux recorded this same tune in London in 1911, which was released in Germany on the Dacapo label (#269) as 'Stars And Stripes.' On this anonymous German record, the same track shows a different matrix number, with the other side of the record being titled 'Liberty Bell' (not translated into German, which would have been 'Freiheitsglocke')." The full name of the 1897-published Sousa march, the national march of the United States, is 'The Stars and Stripes Forever,' but is here translated as 'Under the Stars and Stripes.'

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

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