Zonophone Celebrity Record 1

Zonophone Celebrity Record (U.K.) / c. 1918

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Design: The Twin logo has disappeared, being replaced by a simplified Zonophone logo. The familiar moss-green background has also been changed to red. Except for the serial number, the lines of imprinting are set in Della Robbia, the popular American-designed typeface.

History: The Celebrity label featured artists such as Harry Lauder, an immensely popular entertainer whose status rivalled that of film star Charlie Chaplin. During WWI, he began the tradition of giving shows for front-line troops (despite objections by nervous generals), with a piano strapped to the front of his car. Back in London, just prior to going on stage, he was informed that his only son had been killed in action at the front. Uttering the now-famous line "The show must go on," he did the performance, but collapsed afterwards.

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