Orpheus

Orpheus (Bulgaria) / c. 1938

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Design: A stylized spread-eagle stands atop a bold semicircle enclosing the lower segment. The 'negative' effect produced by light-on-dark printing interferes with the appearance of the bird's legs and claws.

History: Label scans courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria, who writes: "The Orpheus label was a product of a joint-stock company called Simonavia, which was founded in 1924 by a famous aviator, Simeon Petrov. Prior to 1931 the company's records were pressed by Pathé; in 1931 the company built a factory in Sofia, Bulgaria, where its records were pressed, but the master recordings (matrices) were made in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. The label design remained unchanged throughout the 1930s until 1947, when nationalization took place in Bulgaria."





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