Lyric Record 3

Lyric Record (U.S.A.) / c. 1919

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Design: Dressed in the style of the classical Greek or Roman era, two young courtesans have just laid aside their 'vizards' or face-masks. The mood suggests a summer evening, filled with the scent of flowers and the sound of bird-song. Their languid poses, flowing gowns and the intertwining rose-stem border are reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period of the 1890s. The lyre logo, now positioned at the foot, is treated realistically rather than as a stylized design symbol. The shading is achieved by hand-done stippling.

History: Despite aggressive marketing and attractive labels, the Lyric Record, launched by Lyraphone in 1917, had disappeared by 1921.

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

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