Olimpia-Record (Austro-Hungarian Empire) / c. 1912

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Design: The label name represents yet another example of the extremely high level of European interest in 'classical' or pagan mythology at the time: the very dramatic illustration represents the beautiful Hippodameia (here being drawn in a golden chariot by a trio of lionesses or white panthers) looking back at those pursuing her in order to win her hand. The race had been set by her father, Oinomaos, who follows behind in his own chariot drawn by supernaturally fast horses. However, Hippodameia's lover, Pelops, had had Oinomaos' chariot sabotaged by having the bronze axle-pins loosened, which soon caused the wheels to fall off and result in his death, in fulfilment of an oracle. Pelops having claimed Hippodameia, the resultant celebratory chariot races were the precursor of the Olympic Games (see Olympic-Legacy.com).

The illustration seems to have been 'lifted' from some other source and modified, since the panther on the right has an awkward stance and the standard carried by Hippodameia has been cropped off.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes: "This was a made-to-order label for the company Vlas a spol in Prague. Its matrices were obtained from Kalliope."

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