Baidaphon (Lebanon) / c. 1923

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Design: A combination of artistic prowess and technical skill is evident in this captivating illustration of a leaping gazelle, the background being stippled (with tiny dots of colour) to achieve the gradated effect. However, the typography is not easy to read because of the similarity of hue between the light, bright red and the dark gold; sometimes, where there is more contrast between the two colours (e.g.the Disclair label), this combination is effective, but more often than not it fails the legibility test.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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