Pathe Actuelle 1

Pathé Actuelle (U.S.A.) / 1920

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Design: An attractive rich black and gold filigree border. However, the width of the hexagonal border is such that the information inside it is necessarily rather cramped. Note the distinctive curlicues to the cap 'A' of the shadowed Gothic lettering for the label name. Most often, the shadow would appear below the typeface, not above; the negative was shifted up instead of down. The Pathé word-logo is missing, though the rooster is present.

History: Pathé started making cylinder records in 1898. In 1909 they began making vertical-cut records, and in 1920 made their entry into the 'needle-cut' or lateral-cut record market. Alternate colour scan of a 1922 label (below) courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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

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