Stradivari-Record

Stradivari-Record (Germany) / c. 1927

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Design: Even in the early years of the 20th century, when label names commonly followed the outer circumference, they seldom went half-way around the label; here, the label name extends almost three-quarters of the way around. A ram's-horn-shaped motif fills the rest of the available space, containing a picture of the Stradivari table-top gramophone (with an open door exposing what might be a primitive speaker) and a stylized laurel wreath (of victory or honour) on which a violin and bow are resting. The curvilinear treatment of the border and the initial 'S' harks back to the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau movement of the early years of the century, while the angular, saw-cut lettering on the sleeve (below) reflects the mechanical treatment of the Art Deco era.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Stradivari-Record was a label of Stradivari-Resonanz Werke of Johannes Nitschke, Berlin C2, basically a manufacturer of windup gramophones. The records were manufactured at the plants of Hermann Eisner, using matrices from his Artiphon label, and also from U.S. Banner records. Stradivari-Record was active from 1925 to 1927 (needless to say, there is no relation to the Italian violin manufacturer)."




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