Opal Record

Opal Record (Germany) / c. 1921

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Design: The image is very similar to the Balkan record label from Bulgaria. Here, the bird is perched on the record centred on the spindle hole, instead of carrying it in its beak, and there is a rising sun in the background instead of a leaden sky. The 'Opal' part of the label name is in a different style and larger in x-height than the word 'Record,' to fill available space and provide visual balance.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "Because of the 'Schrammel' music (another Opal Record in my collection features 'Schrammel' musicians from Vienna) and the eagle image, I think it is a label from Austria, from the 1920s or perhaps later." Schrammel music was invented by the violin-playing Schrammel brothers from Vienna, in 1878, and as a form of lilting Austrian country music, soon became immensely popular.

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