Grafson (Turkey) / c. 1935

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Design: The upper segment, though here largely obscured by the (gorgeous!) duty stamp showing a flight of early monoplanes passing over a shoreline monument, borrows its graphics from the label which had been introduced by Parlophone of England (originally founded by German entrepreneur Carl Lindstrom) in the late 1920s (compare with a later version). The bold italic script for the label name is in the same style, even down to the distinctive swash lowercase 'n.'

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Ken Hagelthorn of the U.S.A. Thanks for updated info to collector Francesco Martinelli of Italy, who writes: "The Grafson Plak label was established in 1958 in Istanbul by the ex-producer of His Master's Voice in Turkey, Mihran Gürciyan, together with the great singer Zeki Müren. Their first attempt was in fact called Müren Records, and the records were pressed in Czechoslovakia. When Agop Ürgüplüoglu joined them, the new label was called Grafson. Their records were printed in Austria until they built a pressing plant in Küçükköy (Istanbul). Grafson continued into the vinyl era with many LPs much appreciated today, and their catalogue finally went to the Emre label."

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