Radio-Cité (France) / c. 1938

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Design: The hand-drawn label name lettering, though unorthodox, has strong visual appeal because of the black shadow, which provides added dimension.

History: Label scan and supporting pictures courtesy of collector Marcel Ardisson of Monaco. Wal-Berg was a popular orchestra leader who performs on this flimsy acetate recording with legendary singer Édith Piaf, 'the sparrow of Paris.' Radio-Cité was a small but influential private radio station in central Paris (below) which was seized by German occupation forces in 1940. Forced to abandon its traditional arts-based programming, it was used by them during the remaining years of WWII to transmit news propaganda in several European languages.

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