Lindstrom

Lindström American Record (Germany) / c. 1925

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Design: A beautiful fat-face script logo with underline for the label name (note the similarity to the Beka logo, with the double twirl at the end). Korinna, the typeface used for the imprinting, first appeared in 1904, as an expression of 'jugendstil' ('young style'), the German version of Art Nouveau. It has since been reissued in a slightly modified form.

History: Carl Lindström, a Swedish businessman living in Germany, founded the phonograph-manufacturing Parlophon company in 1893. It became the umbrella company for many labels, including Odeon, Okeh, Parlophon, Beka and Okeh. Much of Parlophon's international business was affected negatively by the outbreak of WWI; in 1926 it was sold to Columbia, but still survives as a major component of music industry giant EMI. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Collector Georg Richter of Germany writes: "Lindstrom American Records was a label basically made for the German and/or European market, not for export to the USA [as previously intimated]. The English text on the label was obviously to give the records an 'international' touch. Many of the LAR repertoire had already issued before on the German BeKa 'Three Graces' label and later on the red label."




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