Diskoteka (Czechoslovakia) / 1938

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Design: An entirely typographic label which, considering the amount of wording, is well laid out, with the label name carefully scaled and letterspaced (note how the K and A are overlapped to avoid excessive background space, and the upper arm of the E is extended for the same reason (usually, the bottom arm is the longer of the two).

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who notes: "As explained on this label, it was intended to be 'a series of phonograph recordings of important music and speeches for both school and family,' but nevertheless, only three records with this label were published. Its matrices were obtained from Ultraphon."

The speaker featured here, Thomas Masaryk (1850-1937), was "a Czechoslovak politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. He originally wished to reform the Austro-Hungarian monarchy into a democratic federal state, but during the First World War he began to favour the abolition of the monarchy and, with the help of the Allied Powers, eventually succeeded" (Wikipedia).

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