Orpheon Record

Orpheon Record (Tsarist Russia) / c. 1911

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Design: The content of the records seems to have been classical music. The name 'Orpheon' probably derived from Orpheus, chief of the poets and musicians in classical Greek mythology.

The carefully orchestrated symmetrical upper segment shows a female figure draped in a long flowing gown holding two oversized records aloft, the whole being superimposed over a stylized lyre. Passing behind that image, in turn, is a laurel-leaf swag, tied with fluttering ribbons and suspended from a panel containing the label name, which is lettered in receding and emerging perspective.

History: Made in St. Petersburg, Russia. Label scan above and alternate colour scans below courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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