Disque Pathé 3

Disque Pathé (Belgium) / 1927

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Design: An unusual twin-lung shape for the main panel, featuring both rounded and angular contours, which leaves the printer unsure about how to organize the imprinted information. It appears as though the panel was primarily designed as to incorporate the royalty stamp, here pasted on at an (almost) 45 degree angle. The overall appearance, with the label name following the outer curve, is rather old-fashioned, perhaps being more in tune with the early 1900s.

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.

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