Derby

Derby (Germany) / 1926

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Design: A finely-crafted calligraphic logo in the classic 1920s style, based on pen lettering or steel engraving, rather than the more usual fat brush script (e.g. Hydrola). The imprinting is done in Korinna, which first appeared in Germany in 1904 and remains in popular use.

History: Label scan above courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "The German Derby label was first connected with Deutsche Grammophon, later with Homophon and Lindström. All three companies had the German Derby in their catalogues. The dark brown Derby records (above) were always 25cm in diameter. The diameter of the light blue Derbys (below) were either 20cm or 17cm; #5568 (below) was recorded in October 1928. The sleeve (bottom) holds a 20cm record from 1929. 'Nur für Deutschland' means that the record company was not allowed to sell the record outside of Germany."

Alternate colour label scan (below) courtesy of collector Jukka Kettunen of Finland; sleeve scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

Thanks for additional info to Dr. Dieter Meyer of Germany, who writes: "The light blue label on 20cm Derby discs (above, used from 1928 on) were electrically recorded. As their grooves were cut in a narrower gauge (in German they were called "Engschnitt-Platte") these records would play almost as long as their 25 cm sisters, usually 2 - 3 minutes, however, at the cost of durability. Played by a heavy acoustic mica soundbox they would wear faster than regularly cut records, especially in louder passages where the needle was likely to cut its own way from one groove into another, due to the narrower space between the grooves. This may have been the reason why these small discs began to disappear around 1929/30. Another reason may have been that retailers did not make enough money by selling these cheap records in comparison to regular ones. When the Vox enterprise collapsed and the Homocord Co. was taken over by the Lindström trust, the German Grammophon A.G. and Lindström continued to cooperate from spring 1929 up to early 1932, launching a new DO-5000 series with a diameter of 20 cm. The letter D supposedly stood für Deutsche Grammophon, the letter O for Odeon = Lindström. Some, if not all recordings made by the Grammophon A.G. also were offered in a G-5000 series (G = Grammophon). Here are some examples:
Derby blue label, G-prefix
Derby blue label, D.O.-prefix. The "L" probably indicates a recording done at the Lindström studios. For more facts about the Derby label see Online Discography Derby 25cm (in German) by Dr. Rainer E. Lotz of Bonn."




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