The Ariel Grand Record 2

The Ariel Grand Record (U.K.) / 1924

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Design: A similar image of velvet swag curtains is used on the earlier Imperial label. The winged cherub-heads forming an outer ring often appear on 18th century childrens' gravestones, symbolizing the flight of the soul to heaven. Ariel, the label name, comes from the name of a prankish airy sprite in Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest.' On the alternate colour label scan below, the difficulties of printing gold ink on a solid colour background are evident from its 'greasy,' mottled look; ink dries either by absorption or evaporation, and the pre-printed surface prevents absorption.

History: Label scan (above) courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "Here, the 'Ariel Dance Orchestra' is pseudonym for the U.S. Original Capitol Orchestra, which usually played on the S.S. Capitol. During an engagement in the U.K. they recorded in Hayes at the HMV studios. "In A Tent" was recorded on February 18 1924, and was originally issued on Zonophone No. 2447."

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

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