Veni Vidi Vici

Veni Vidi Vici (Czechoslovakia) / c. 1911

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Design: Obviously a (German) Beka subsidiary label, featuring the strange flamingo logo either side of the centre stripe, and following the same basic layout as seen on the Encore Record, which the company was distributing in England (right). Though this appears to be a Czech-language release, the orange and green colour combination would normally be associated with Ireland.

History: The Beka organization had its beginnings around 1903. In about 1910 German-Swedish businessman Carl Lindstrom began buying shares in the company; by 1917 he had achieved full ownership, further enlarging his already extensive record empire. Perhaps the wording of the label name, 'I came, I saw, I conquered' (attributed to the Roman emperor Julius Caesar) was chosen by him to reflect his own business acumen . . .

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