Girmac

"Girmac" (U.K.) / c. 1936

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Design: The rising sun, a symbol associated with the Art Deco movement, makes its appearance yet again. The label name lettering is also in the Art Deco machine-cut style, but the border enclosing the lower segment, with its knotted endings, is from an earlier time. The reclining figures at the top are dressed in a minimal amount of clothing, their physicality typifying the 'back-to-nature' trend of the 1930s which saw masses of young people becoming enthusiastically involved in hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities (the Hitler Youth movement in Germany encouraged and took advantage of this phenomenon). The scene is reminiscent of the pagan Pan-figure and his attendant wood-nymphs, enchanted by the music he is making (see an earlier example).

History: Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who writes: "This label, produced in Scotland between 1935 and 1936, was only pressed in small quantities, but produced some interesting one-offs." Thanks for added info to Catherine McGee, who writes: "My dad Eugene Girot and his best friend Andy MacIlhenny set up the record company Girmac in the early 1930s. They had two studios, one in Union Street and one in Bath Street.  He found recording artists as they came off the train in Central Station. I think Decca manufactured the records. He then sold his part in 1936 (I think) to Andy and joined the BBC as a sound engineer in Glasgow."




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