Tempo 2

Tempo (Germany) / 1941

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Design: Art Deco-style imagery, featuring machine-cut shapes and sans serif typography. The swash on the 'T' is derivative, having its origins in brush lettering. The pyramid idea can also be seen on the Apex label (produced by Compo, which sounds rather like Tempo . . .).

History: Label scan (above) and sleeve (below, showing the a drawing of the Babelsberg factory premises) courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who writes: "The Tempo label was in 1936 the successor of the cheap 'Brillant' label. The company and factory, which was based in Potsdam-Babelsberg (near Berlin) was owned by Mr. Otto Stahmann. After WWII the company moved to Munich."

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