Design: The illustration of Venus de Milo represents one of the most famous statues from ancient 'classical' culture, which is believed to represent Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (the original being at the Louvre Museum in Paris). As with many other labels from the turn of the century, the label name reflects a popular fascination with ancient pagan cultures, significant discoveries of 'lost kingdoms' dominated newspaper headlines as rival European archaeologists scrambled to fill their national museums with looted treasures from distant lands. The registered trade mark consists of three records, equal in size and overlapping left to right. The label name is hand-drawn in a blocky 'high-waisted' style that became popular on wall-posters in the Art Nouveau era of the late 1890s, while the song title ('Na szancach Mandzurji') is hand-set in a richly decorative late Victorian font. The overall design effectively marries both symmetrical and asymmetrical elements.
History: Label scan courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland.