Orpheus (Bulgaria) / c. 1949

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Design: A straightforward symmetrical design using bold condensed lettering for the label name. A logo of Orpheus, the divine singer and musician from Greek mythology after whom the label is named, appears at the top, playing the lyre. He was reputedly able to charm all things, even inanimate rocks, by his music, even attempting to retrieve his wife from the clutches of the underworld by his playing.

History: Thanks for info on this label to Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria, who writes: "The label name is 'Orfei' ('Orpheus'), and this is the second (later) label of the 1950s being produced in Bulgaria, the first being Radioprom, which dated from 1952 onward. Orpheus records were still being produced in the 78 rpm format well into the 1960s, together with the Balkanton label (which latter survived all the others)."

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