Maloof

Maloof (U.S.A. ethnic: Arabic) / c. 1927

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Design: The image of the sphinx, appearing in negative fashion because the printing ink colour is lighter than the background, immediately characterizes this label as relating to the ethnic Middle Eastern area. The hand drawn label name slab-serif lettering (sometimes classified as 'Egyptian') is awkwardly done, with uneven letterspacing and the blobby lowercase 'a' being out of character with the other letters.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). It is not known whether the company had any relationship with the Maloof music corporation active today. Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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