Bayreuth 1

Bayreuth (Germany) / 1936

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Design: The image shows the Festspielhaus in the German city of Bayreuth, a city famous for its annual opera festival presenting performances of the works of the late 19th century composer Richard Wagner. The Fraktur-style lettering contributes to the Gothic mysticism inherent in Wagner's work. The 'seal' at the foot dates the issue of the recording.

History: Manufactured by Telefunken, a company originally founded in 1903 as a joint venture between two large German companies, Siemens & Halske and Allegemeine Elektrizitats-Gesellschaft. However, the record label of the same name was not launched until 1932 when Telefunken decided to take over the record technology and matrices from the bankrupt Küchenmeister conglomerate. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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

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