Polydor Cinema

Polydor Cinema (Austria) / c. 1928

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Design: This was the export version of the Grammophon Cinema label (this one being for Austria), and shows the identical format.

History: Label scan (above) and additional images (below) courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "For convenient playing of a complete movie sound track, which might be carried on two or more records, cinema theatres used multiple record players (below, see pictures of a Siemens triple player and a drawing of a Körting double player). Ordinarily, only the title and composer were mentioned on the label, the lower half being reserved for the movie operator to note how often a side was played, or for writing comments like "worn" etc. Some records had sounds (such as animals) which had multiple tracks on each side, were obviously used for making shorts to demonstrate the sound quality of an upcoming movie. Unfortunately, these records are off-spec for all discographers, so I would like to ask anyone for additional enlightment."





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