Ultraphon 5

Ultraphon (Czechoslovakia) / 1938

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Design: The quality of printing is very high here, as the typography and shading are very fine in weight. The lettering around the outer edge reads 'Product of Ultraphon, Prague.' One of the flags carries the number '60' for the anniversary of the socialist party (symbolized in the logo of the toothed wheel for industry and the stalk of grain for agriculture, similar to the hammer and sickle logo of Communist Russia). The other shaded flag, which represents the Czech flag, carries the number '20,' representing the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Czech republic following the end of WWI. The division of the label into two exactly equal segments is a feature of almost all Ultraphon designs.

History: Ultraphon, a German company, was owned by Küchenmeister of Holland. Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "This was a special label celebrating the 60th anniversary of a political party."

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

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