Alamphon 1

Alamphon (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1948

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Design: The design is a curious assemblage of shaded panoramic Art Deco-style lettering for the label name, with Arabic script above, superimposed on a Victorian-era bracketed border.

History: Label scan above courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Thanks for info to Al Hamood, who writes: "Alamphon records were all pressed in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Their address was 182 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (pre zip-code address). It was a label for Arab-American singers, local talent recordings for the emerging local Arab-American population. There were some issues of authentic Arabic singers; these issues were clearly labeled as 'imported recording.'"

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

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