April Factory 7

April Factory (U.S.S.R.) / c. 1938

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Design: Similar in basic design to the updated Odeon label. Following the 1917 Russian revolution, advertising design followed the lead of their fine art, which during the 1920s became strikingly bold and hard-edged. The USSR label (presumably the company's export arm) has the same design.

History: Thanks for info to collector Yuri Bernikov of Russia, who writes: "The name 'Aprelevka' derives from the name of the village and railroad station where the plant is located, having nothing to do with the month of April (though the village's name may have its roots in that word). The plant was originally built by the Germans prior to WWI, issuing records with the Metropol-Record label. Designated by the Russians as 'enemy property' during WWI, it was confiscated and ownership reassigned to the RAOG company, which at that time was producing both RAOG and Syrena records." Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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

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