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Imperial (Germany) / 1942

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Design: Europe is at the centre of this world map, with the label name lettering following the countours of an outsized flowing banner below it. The vertically-stressed 'modern' lettering is old-fashioned and not well-proportioned, but the imprinting is beautifully arranged, showing the good taste and training of the ordinary craftsmen who put it together.

History: Thanks for info to collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The actual date of this release was September 1942. Since 1934 the German Imperial label was used for export only. It was introduced for Germany in 1936 by Kristall GmbH, which was part of Deutsche Chrystalate Co. in Berlin Reinickendorf. It lasted until 1953. After WWII the label color changed from gold to white, re-issuing the same content as before." Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Alternate colour label scans below courtesy of collectors Jukka Kettunen of Finland (left) and Klaas Vonk of The Netherlands (right).

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

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