Davega (U.S.A.) / c. 1922

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Design: A simple and well-balanced design, with the thin-thick-thin outer border providing strong containment. The stylish label name lettering is ahead of its time in that it is based on geometric forms; the Art Deco style, which had geometry as its basis, was not introduced until 1925. The decorative twin masks of comedy and tragedy, seen at the top, are more often associated with drama than with music.

History: A short-lived (summer 1922 through spring 1923) and quite rare label produced by Pathé and marketed through a New York store chain of the same name. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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