Artona (Czechoslovakia) / c. 1933

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Design: The graphically powerful layout, on the leading edge of contemporary design, has the chunky, brush-lettered label name appearing in the lower segment, rather than in the usual place above the spindle hole. The 'R' logo in the upper segment is taken from a font called Prisma, which was designed in 1932 by world-renowned German lettering artist Rudolf Koch.

History: Label scans above and below left courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "A cheap sub-label of Czech Ultraphon, often with older or imperfect recordings." Label scan below right courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes that the label bore no relation to Artona Music Rolls Ltd. of England, which was founded in 1949.

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