Telefunken Musikus

Telefunken Musikus (Germany) / c. 1939

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Design: The standard Telefunken layout, with Fraktur Gothic for the word 'Musikus' (fraktur means 'broken,' referring to the letter-shapes created by the broad-nibbed pen, and distinguished by its highly decorative capitals). The sword-shaped lowercase 's' is what in Roman lettering would be called a 'long s,' distinguished by a spur on the left side of the letter only, while the 'f' has a spur on either side.

History: Telefunken was founded in 1903 as a joint venture between two large German companies, Siemens & Halske and Allegemeine Elektrizitats-Gesellschaft. However, the record label of the same name was not launched until 1932 when Telefunken decided to take over the record technology and matrices from the bankrupt Küchenmeister conglomerate (thanks to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who supplied the scans above and below, for updated info).




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