Wotama Record

Wotama Record (The Netherlands) / c. 1921

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Design: A remarkable and attractive design, the upper segment containing a logo consisting of a wreath of leaves and flowers encircling a table-top phonograph. This comes from a time when, as the advertising profession was coming into being, the image was still being represented as a three-dimensional, realistic work of art rather than a stylized, silhouetted symbol. The label name lettering, each word treated in a completely different style, is also emerging from the Victorian era, with a mock-medieval feel to the word 'Record' (and also to the word 'Gedeponeerd'). In contrast to the feminine, decorative logo, the dividing segments and borders are treated boldly and simply, in bright, contrasting colours.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector John Bruninx of Belgium, who writes: "This is a label from the acoustic era [pre-1925]. I think it is Dutch because on top of the image of a 78  hand cranked record player you can see the word: 'Gedeponeerd,' which, in Dutch or Flemish, is equivalent to 'deposée' or 'registered.' The performers are well known operatic singers, the soprano Eva Tetrazzini (1862-1938) and the tenor Giuseppe Acerbi (1871-1934) performing a duet from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto on both sides. In the 'wax' appear the following matrix numbers: 8052 and 8053, with A 24-10-21 / A-14-10-21, so I think the latter numbers could refer to the recording date." Wotama survived at least into the 1930s (see the Wotama Elektro label here.)




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