Walhalla Record

Walhalla-Record (Germany) / c. 1912

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Design: In a corner of a flower-bedecked garden, a seated nymph creates music with her twin pipes of Pan, attracting the company of another dancing sprite with flowing robes and playing a lyre (perhaps representing the winds of heaven). A very beautiful multi-coloured illustration, showing how the humble paper label had in a very short time become a real form of art, upon which no expense was spared.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Obviously a regional label for Bavaria. Mr. Lotz wrote that it was owned or manufactured by Carl Lindström, about 1912." In Scandinavian mythology, Walhalla (the German form of Valhalla, or "hall of the slain") is a majestic hall ruled over by the god Odin, to which warriors slain in battle are escorted by the Valkyries (a species of female mutants), to undergo preparation for an ultimate battle for supremacy among the pagan gods. In 1830 Crown Prince Ludvig of Bavaria built a huge 'hall of fame' called Walhalla (which still stands) near Regensburg in Bavaria, its design based on the Parthenon in Athens.

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