Versandhaus Arbeiter-Kult

Versandhaus Arbeiter-Kult (Germany) / 1929

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Design: The background colour of red is of course related to the worldwide Communist movement, and features a logo depicting a worker with a wide stance (his legs forming the main strokes of the 'A') with one fist raised and the other pointing at the label name ('Arbeiter' meaning 'worker'). The lettering is in an Art Deco-style connected script with a strong horizontal underline.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland, who notes: "The record is from the German publishing house of the Russian Communists." The word 'ISKRA' at the foot is a reference to a Russian newspaper published for emigrants, which was originally managed by Vladimir Lenin (the subject of the song). The word, which means 'spark,' was taken from an anti-Tsarist line of literature, which read, in part: "From a spark a fire will flare up."




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