Zon-O-Phone Record 1

Zon-O-Phone Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1900

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Design: Not a label as such, the information being blind-engraved into the record. The 'imprinting,' in elaborate lettering with ornate initials, reads: 'Salome Intermezzo By Victor Herbert's Band.' The lyre and crossed horns above and below the label name would eventually become the Zon-O-Phone logo.

History: The Zon-O-Phone Company was founded in 1899 by Frank Seaman, a disgruntled ex-employee of Harold Berliner, who pirated Berliner's technology when setting up his own record company. After a court fight won by Victor in 1901, the Zon-O-Phone operation was assimilated by Victor, who continued the Zon-O-Phone name in the U.S. until 1910. Scan courtesy of Denise Berrisford of the U.K.

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

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