Nippon Polydor 1

Nippon Polydor (Japan) / c. 1932

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Design: Japanese recording companies were not shy about putting full portrait images of the artist on the label (see also the Teichiku and King labels); why such treatment did not catch on in America -- especially for pop stars -- is unclear. Polydor's logo featured a weird gnome-like figure holding a listening-horn to each ear.

History: Polydor grew out of the post-WWI split between the British and German branches of the Gramophone Company. The Nippon Polydor Chikuonki Co., a German expansionary thrust into Asia, was formed in 1928.

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