Artiphon (Germany) / 1925

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Design: The high-waisted typeface used for the imprinting is Korinna, which first appeared in 1904 and is a result of the influence of Art Nouveau on German commercial art. It became known as 'Jugendstil' ("young Style"), and was in vogue from c. 1900-1914. In its overall design, the label shows the influence of post-war rationalism. The spindle hole causes an uncomfortable breaking of the word 'Record.'

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Martín Javier Gorosito of Argentina. Thanks for info to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Artiphon was one of several labels launched by Hermann Eisner of Berlin. Other Eisner labels were Kaufhausmarke (a department store brand); Hertie (a big German department chain store) Hermaphon (a very rare label); Kadewelt (KaDeWelt - 'Kaufhaus der Welt' in Berlin); Rensie (Eisner spelt backwards); and Goldora (which offered reissues of Artiphon matrices). Source: Horst H. Lange, Die deutsche 78er Diskographie der Hot Dance und Jazz-Musik 1903-1958." Founded in 1919, Artiphon lasted until 1932, when it was suppressed by the Nazis because of its Jewish ownership. Alternate scans (below) courtesy of Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria (left) and Graham Farnell of the U.K. (right).

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