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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.'