78rpm label design (4)

Another in an occasional series of record labels. 78rpm records often had florid labels as a way of drawing attention to themselves in shops - there were no illustrated records sleeves, just brown paper cases with a cut-out to show the label and sometimes an advertisement. This is a typical example - it's noticeable that it's often the small labels which had the most complicated designs. Pathe was a French firm but opened operations in Britain after the First World War: their trademark cockerel (familiar from their films) can be seen at the top.

The recording is of the music-hall artist Lily Morris singing a little-known song, 'Don't Leave Me'.

Click here to listen to the recording. The record is quite noisy, but I have cleaned it up as best I can. It was recorded in London around October 1923. The recording lasts 3m 16s and the file size is 2.2MB.

Posted: Wed - December 17, 2008 at 09:30 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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