Jupiter (Germany) / c. 1927

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Design: The label name, presumably taken from the planet which happens to be the largest in our solar system (and named after the god of the sky in Roman mythology), is here represented as a shooting star, whose shaded tail makes an effective containing border for all the imprinting. The calligraphy is based on the copperplate engraving discipline, which has great style but is rather thin and lacking in impact for display purposes, in spite of its large size; the green and gold colour combination is also lacking in contrast. However, this is a great design concept that graphically speaking is ahead of its time, and which would not look dated even in the 1950s.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Another example of record label names paralleling the extreme public interest in scientific discovery, ancient archaeology and 'classical' pagan mythology (e.g. Odeon, Apollo, Janus, Neptune, Lyceum, Coliseum, Orion etc.). Label scan courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland.

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