Edition La Bourree

Édition la Bourrée (France) / c. 1926

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Design: Considerable effort was put into creating this logo, which shows perspective as well as a three dimensional effect. This kind of lettering had its origins in the inventive (but sometimes tasteless) profusion of ideas of the Victorian era, when, in an attempt to achieve the illusion of a third dimension, letters were being constructed out of sawed-off branches, planks of wood, piles of rocks, mounds of flowers, flowing ribbons -- and, as here, cast-iron.

History: The label proclaims that it was issued by a Paris-based society for the preservation of regional music and dance. The 'bourrée' is a regional French folk-dance, originally performed around a log fire, which over time became refined into an elegant sort of minuet. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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