Parlophone 1

Parlophone (Australia) / 1929

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Design: An unusual photographic image of a tattooed native dressed in traditional garb at the centre. The 'libra' or 'pound sterling' symbol on the left, superimposed on a morning-glory horn phonograph, was used by Swedish-German businessman Carl Lindström as an initial 'L,' to represent his surname.

History: Thanks for updated info to musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who writes: "The disc was recorded at the Homebush Studio, Sydney, Australia in June 1929. The artists are New Zealand Maoris and this record is part of a series. The symbol on the right hand side of the label is a Maori tattoo design (very popular here in England at the moment). The only disappointing thing about these records is that apart from the use of the Maori language they have no 'folk' content at all." Label scan courtesy of collector Ed Wolk of Canada.

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

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