Telefunken Elite

Telefunken Elite (Denmark) / c. 1947

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Design: The distinctive 'pie-slice' image seen on almost all Telefunken labels is retained here, but with an extra jog around the 'Elite Serien' panel. Also unusual is the reversed semicircular panel in the lower segment, which while helping legibility creates a somewhat jumbled mixture of shapes on the label. German designers would have kept the image cleaner (see next page).

History: Telefunken was founded in 1903 as a joint venture between two large German companies, Siemens & Halske and Allegemeine Elektrizitats-Gesellschaft. However, the record label of the same name was not launched until 1932, when Telefunken decided to take over the recording technology and matrices of the bankrupt Küchenmeister conglomerate.

Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "Walter Baumgartner was a well-known Swiss composer of movie music. The anonymous 'sangduet' (duettists) also hails from Switzerland and is equally well known: Mrs. Martha Mumenthaler and Mrs. Vreneli Pfyl. The song title translates as: 'It is long ago since I saw my darling." Recorded in Switzerland in 1947, it is unknown whether the record was issued in Denmark that same year, but the two-colour printing combination fits the period shortly after WWII."

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

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