Linguaphone 2

Linguaphone (U.K.) / 1933

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Design: A well-constructed label with rich colouring. The lines within the main line of lettering suggest speed and the revolving grooves of the record. The tutor, who rises like the genie from Aladdin's lamp from the spinning disc just below the spindle hole, and his attentive students, are certainly smart-looking and well-groomed.

History: Musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. writes: "Linguaphone made their first cylinders in 1906, their first 78s in 1921. Your example was recorded by Crystalate in June 1933. Their last 78s were made in 1960, but they are still going strong with CDs and DVDs. There is some fascinating and ultra-rare material to be found on this label." The sleeve confirms this [see scan below, courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany], advertising other recordings such as a Shakespearean series by John Gielgud (1904-2000, knighted in 1953) and 'Spoken English and Broken English' by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)."

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

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