Pigmynette (Germany) / c. 1929

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Design: The label name is lettered in extremely bold capitals, in a geometric Art Deco style. These harsh, angular, masculine forms were a reaction against the sentimental, curvilinear, feminine forms of the pre-WWI era. All curlicues and flowers and ornaments are banished in favour of straightforward letters and lines. Quite often the use of capital letters was eliminated altogether, the leading designers of the time seeing no logical need for both upper and lower case alphabets (e.g. Silverton).

History: The logo above the spindle hole is possibly a stylized 'BW,' the meaning of which is unclear; there does not seem to be any connection with the U.K. Pigmy label (see the previous page). Label and sleeve scans courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland.

Thanks to toy collector Marc Driesen for the following updated info: "The stylised B over W is for 'Bing Werke' (Bing Works) of Germany, in business between 1925 and 1934. They made also children's record players, for example the Kiddyphone." Examples of Bing record-players can be seen on his toy collection website here.

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