Rensie Record

Rensie Record (Germany) / c. 1926

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Design: A well-executed piece of chunky Gothic-influenced pen-script lettering for the label name. The imprinting is done in a German-designed high-waisted font named Korinna, the origins of which were in the Jugendstil movement (the German version of Art Nouveau).

History: Thanks to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "The Rensie label was one of several labels to be manufactured by Hermann Eisner of Berlin ('Rensie' is 'Eisner' spelled backwards). Other Eisner labels were Kaufhausmarke (a department store brand); Hertie (a big German department chain store) Hermaphon (a very rare label); Kadewelt (KaDeWelt - 'Kaufhaus der Welt' in Berlin); and Goldora (which offered reissues of Artiphon matrices)." Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes: "This [track] comes from an American Banner master recorded in December 1925." The carefully-crafted logo at the top shows a combination of the letters M, A and Z.

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