Message to America by Benito Mussolini (Italy) / 1929

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Design: One of the most striking images ever to be seen on an 78 rpm label, showing the Roman imperial eagle, with its wings outspread, astride the fasci or bundle of sticks tied with strips of red, white and green cords (the colours of the Italian flag), flanked by the woodcutter's axe (hence 'Axis powers') symbolizing national strength through unity. The image below is almost as dramatic, with the fiery rays of the sun at the centre. An old legend has it that eagles only arrived at maturity by their ability to stare into the blinding rays of the sun, which this design may symbolize.

History: Evidently this message to America, spoken in Italian, was also transcribed in the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Produced by the Italian Fascist Party's publicity organ, Italia della Societa Nazionale del Grammofono of Milan, it was distributed in the U.S.A. by Victor. Scans courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A.

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