Baidaphon 1

Baidaphon (Lebanon) / c. 1933

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Design: Outlined chunky capitals for the label name, on a shaded banner for a background, do not have extreme visual impact, but the gazelle leaping over the spindle hole is very dramatic.

History: Several members of the Baida family of Beirut, Lebanon founded the Baidaphon label in the early 1900s, their records being at first manufactured in Germany. Eventually, the company's operations expanded into several countries across the Arabic world; after becoming linked with Egyptian singer and composer Mohammed abdel Wahhab, the Egyptian branch morphed into the Cairophon label. With the outbreak of WWII, the record manufacturing aspect of the business was switched from Germany to Switzerland (info: Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. (Note: the stripes appearing in the background are a result of scanner malfunction, not the printing process.)

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