Disque Pathé 1

Disque Pathé (France) / c. 1922

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Design: A very attractive design with the principal lines of lettering enclosed in strap-like banners running around the outer perimeter.

History: Pathé Frères of Paris, France began production of record cylinders in the 1890s; in 1906 they began issuing vertical-cut disc records. By the end of the 1920s, records employing 'vertical-cut' technology (featuring 'hill-and-dale' movement of the ball-shaped sapphire needle) would be totally eclipsed by 'lateral-cut' technology (with side-to-side movement of a sharply pointed needle). Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "This vertical-cut, outside-start record of c. 27 cm diameter ran at 80 rpm. Unfortunately I have no idea about how long this label design was in circulation, but the record shown was recorded May 14, 1923. The label is not paper; it seems like a decal or silk screen printing."

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