Vaterländische Zonophon-Aufnahme

Vaterländische Zonophon-Aufnahme (Germany) / 1915

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Design: A very attractive rendering of the imperial German eagle in a wood-engraved style (compare the same eagle image as employed during WWII) above the spindle hole, with an illustration of the Kaiser below, both being flanked by laurel leaves, symbolizing victory. 'Vaterländische Aufnahme' means 'Patriotic Recording.'

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "At the beginning of WWI, Zonophon and Grammophon issued lines of patriotic records, to be 'Sold to the best of German warriors and their kin.' The illustration shows Kaiser Wilhelm II (Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert of Prussia)." Crowned in 1888, the Kaiser abdicated in November 1918 after Germany's WWI defeat, spending the remainder of his life in exile in the Netherlands. Alternate colour label scan below (in which the patriotism line is absent) courtesy of collector Jukka Kettunen of Finland.

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