Design: The typography on the label is carefully done, with some of the letters of the label name showing a mock-medieval influence prevalent in printed communication throughout northern Germany; Gothic lettering would be in common usage even in newspapers until the 1950s, though here the letterforms are more in the rounded 'Lombardic' tradition, which had been most often used as decorative initials in books.
History: All scans courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The thin metal blanks for these 'home-recording' records were manufactured by Literaphon G.m.b.H., Stechelhörn 11, Hamburg 8, Germany, who also issued the equipment to make the recordings. Three sort of blanks were available: nonflammable Celesta (0.3mm thick), polished brass aluminum plates (12 and 20cm diamater), and a sheet coated with aluminum foil; the latter did not last long because of atmospheric corrosion. Special needles were required for playback, to run in the extremely shallow grooves with its microscopic pitch. The main purpose for these discs was the sending of 'spoken letters.' The quality of music recording and the durability of the plates was complained of in the technical press; after about 20 times of use, playback became impossible; nevertheless, the manufacturer kept the recommendation for 'universal use' active. A comparison of Literaphon grooves (on the left) versus an ordinary shellac record can be seen below."