Surma

Surma (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1943

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Design: An interesting, evocative design that makes very efficient use of space by notching the label name into a background pattern suggestive of embroidery or folk arts and crafts. The unorthodox lettering harks back to the Art Deco era, with its thick and thin strokes and inlining, and which is echoed in the multiple-line border.

History: Label scan courtesy of UK collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt. Thanks to collector Andrew John Ohar of the U.S.A. for the following updated info: "Surma was a boutique label created almost exclusively for Ukrainian folk music, founded by a Mr. Surmach (I believe his first name was Myron, but I'm not sure), the proprietor of Surma Book & Music Company, Inc. of the East Village in NYC (still in existence today at www.surmastore.com). A few blocks away from Surma is (or was? ­ I haven't been in the neighborhood for several years) another such establishment named Arka, and they too had a boutique label for Ukrainian folk music purposes."




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