Orpheus (Turkey) / c. 1913

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Design: A strange collage of concentric rings, oddly-shaped panels, draped cloth, staff and ribbons; what the latter images represent is unknown. The Islamic symbol of the moon and star appear either side of the upper panel containing the label name. The lettering for the label name is unusual in that it is a) in upper and lower case (most label names were set in capitals); and b) the strokes remain vertical instead of radiating outward (e.g. compare with the Citizen Record label).

History: Unknown. In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a supremely gifted minstrel who made an arrangement with the King of the Dead to rescue his wife from the underworld but, in failing to obey the rules governing the rescue process, lost her forever. Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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