Usiba (Poland) / c. 1916

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Design: A very attractive combination of thick borders and filigree decoration, reminiscent of the Brunswick label, and using the same colour combination. Hawaiian music (as featured here) became immensely popular around the time of WWI; exotic locations such as Hawaii were suddenly coming within reach of the burgeoning nouveau riche middle class, which also had the disposable cash to buy phonographs and records.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland, who notes that this label, a subsidiary of Plyta Polska, was eventually acquired by Syrena Electro (1904-1939).

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