Okeh 2

Okeh (U.S.A. ethnic) / 1922

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Design: The earliest Okeh label showed the profile of an Indian's head poking through the capital 'O,' to be replaced in this later version by the Statue of Liberty. 'Fraktur' lettering is used for the imprinting; perhaps this record was marketed through the many German-oriented sales outlets of major East Coast cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

History: Prior to the First World War, Odeon recordings were imported to America and marketed under the American Record Company label, which pictured an Indian chief listening to a phonograph. Later, the label reappeared as 'American Odeon Record.' When America became involved in the First World War, U.S./German business connections were interrupted, and Odeon's U.S. representative, Otto Heineman, assumed full control of North American operations. What was at first called the 'Otto Heineman Phonograph Corporation' was soon renamed the 'General Phonograph Corporation.'

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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