Ahoj 1

Ahoj Mezinárodní Deska Sportu (Czechoslovakia) / c. 1939

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Design: The design was possibly influenced by the redesigned Columbia label of the late 1920s (right) with its tightly rounded corners to the lower panel. The lettering of the label name has similar vertical stress, but carries an unusual outline to the left and right only, not above and below.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "One of numerous cheap labels with recordings pressed from Artiphon matrices. 'Mezinárodní deska sportu' translates as 'International sport record': rather strange wording, because this label had nothing to do either with sport nor with internationality, its repertoire being brass and dance bands, with the vocals being sung in Czech only. The word Ahoj ('ahoy!') was originally used as a greeting among sailors, but today it is a colloquial address among Czechoslovakians."

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

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