Pathe 1

Pathé (Bulgaria) / c. 1930

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Design: A beautiful illustration of a rouged 1920s blonde 'flapper' in a slinky blue dress, whose reflection is to be seen in the shiny record she is examining. Though quite small in size, the octagonal illustration dominates the design, but the shape-filling lettering immediately above and below is of interest.

History: Pathé Frères started out in France as phonograph manufacturers in 1894. In 1898 they began making recordings for cylinder machines; in 1909 they started making vertical-cut discs. In 1914 they opened a sales distribution office in Montreal, Canada; by 1919 branches had been established in Paris, London, Moscow, Brussels, Milan and New York. Pathé France was bought in 1927 by English Columbia, while English Pathé was bought later by Decca. Label scan (above) courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria; alternate colour scan (below) and needle tin, which shows the same image, courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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

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