Radioprom 1

Radioprom (Bulgaria) / c. 1950

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Design: A beautiful but (for its time) rather old-fashioned design, incorporating several very well-drawn symbols: a lyre; the five-pointed star of international socialism; the laurel wreath, symbol of victory; and a music staff with notes. A thick outline keeps the label name legible, which switches into reverse when overlapping the lyre. This may be the only label design in which the baseline of the label name rides over the spindle hole like a hump-backed bridge. The cross-hatched line shading is effective in highlighting the upper segment, the fine lines being continued in the lower segment, linking all components.

History: Label scans courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria, who writes: "Founded in 1950, Radioprom was the only label to survive after nationalization in 1947, and its releases were subject to government approval."





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