Radioprom 2

Radioprom (Bulgaria) / c. 1950

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Design: The label name follows the outer curve, allowing for the illustration to be nicely positioned so that the spindle hole (roughly) corresponds to the hole in the sound-board. The stiffly trailing ribands, with their fork-tailed endings, are evocative of papal imagery (compare with the Sems label).

History: All label scans courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria, who writes: "Founded in 1950, Radioprom was the only label to survive after nationalisation in 1947, and its releases were edited by government direction. The instrument shown is a gadulka ('rebec'), a Bulgarian folk instrument from old times."

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