Archbishop David

Archbishop Samuel J. David (U.S.A., ethnic) / c. 1936

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Design: A rare and curious label, seemingly American-produced, showing a mix of Arabic (?) script and Engravers, a common letterpress font, for the archbishop's name.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to Apparently Archbishop Samuel J. David was part of a very complex situation involving rival factions within the U.S. branch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, which was ongoing between the 1920s and 1950s. This private pressing, in red shellac, possibly had to do with his bid to contest the archbishopric in 1936. The pressing was possibly done by the Gennett company of Richmond, Indiana, who beginning in 1936 and through the early 1940s did a fair amount of pressing for private clients (including the KKK). Label scan courtesy of collector Joaquin López of Mexico. Click here to listen to the recording.

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