Beka 3

Beka (The Netherlands) / c. 1923

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Design: The image above the spindle hole shows a pair of Siamese shadow puppets, a form of folk entertainment which reached a high level of sophistication in countries of the Far East. Puppets in this style are in great demand today as framed artwork. The flat silhouette figures, handled by way of sticks, were decorated by piercings, creating delicate yet powerful shapes. The label name is given very low prominence in order for the image to dominate the design.

History: Beka was a company of German origin, but this label seems to have been produced in Holland for a Far Eastern market. Label scan courtesy of collector Michael Robertson of Canada.

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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