Esta 6

Esta (Czechoslovakia) / 1941

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Design: The four letters of the block-lettered label name, set in shadowed square-serif type, is drastically minimized in scale, down to a size equal to the lines of imprinting, and spaced out widely across the label. This is probably the smallest apparent size of any label name, but the strip of closely-spaced lines on which it sits, which is no deeper than the spindle hole, is enough to effectively highlight it.

History: All label scans courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who notes that the black-background label above was ordered by a rabbinical school in Slovakia.

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

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