Acme (Germany) / 1924

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Design: A stunningly unconventional design, showing a similar approach to the contemporary Vox label, also from Germany (compare the stylized facial profile, geometric angularity of shapes and letterforms, wording reversed out of narrow black borders etc.). The stamp obscures part of the design, which appears to be symmetrical; even the wording in the outer border is treated with centre-dots and stars to arrive at visual balance.

History: Scans courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "Acme was one of several labels launched by entrepreneur Hermann Eisner (others include Artiphon, Rensie Record). Headquartered in Berlin SW19, its catalogue consisted mainly of titles culled from US Emerson and Banner matrices, being released on the German market between 1924 and 1925. California Here I Come was recorded in January 1924, but the label fails to make mention of the vocalists (Jack Kaufman and John Ryan). The wording on the surround can be translated as 'Original recordings of first-class international dance orchestras.'"

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