Vlasta Record

Vlasta Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1912

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Design: A German-style heraldic shield sits atop a beribboned laurel wreath decorated with stylized roses (a frequently seen motif of the Jugendstil or German Art Nouveau art movement). The graphic treatment is strong, as is the lettering and the colour combination.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "Vlasta is a female name, derived from the Czech word for homeland (vlast). In the 18th century, a large community of Czech and Moravian Protestant immigrants were an influential segment of an ethnic neighbourhood called Neukölln which was being established at that time in a district of Berlin. Running across the upper segment, this special label reads 'Record of the Czech Expatriates.'"

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