2022-05-30T11:04:36+02:00Mai 30th, 2022|

The label name ANKER is derived from the world-famous Anker building blocks. The inventors of these building blocks, the Lilienthal brothers, sold their idea to a certain Friedrich Adolf Richter (1846-1910) from Nuremberg in about 1875, and the latter registered his own patent.

In July 1876, Richter registered himself in the trade register of Rudolstadt in Thuringia. In 1878, the anchor factory was opened in Rudolstadt. Mainly pharmaceutical preparations were produced there. In addition to patience games, chocolates, soaps and cosmetic preparations, Richter also produced gramophones and Imperator music apparatuses and, from 1905 at the latest, Anker record albums.

Richter founded numerous branches and other factories in Europe and overseas: Nijmegen Holland in 1877, Vienna in 1878, Prague in 1880, London, Copenhagen and Olten in 1887, New York in 1894 and St. Petersburg and Salbino in 1900.

After Richter’s death in 1910, 4 sons and his brother Friedrich Wilhelm Richter took over the company. Due to inheritance disputes, the company was split into the joint-stock companies “F.Ad. Richter & Cie. Chemische Werke” (incl. Anker Schallplatten GmbH & Phonogramm GmbH) and “F.Ad. Richter Cie AG Baukastenfabrik”.

After the takeover of Anker Schallplatten GmbH as well as Anker Phonogramm GmbH by Kalliope in 1914 as well as the outbreak of the World War, shells for the fighting front were produced in the Anker factory in Rudolstadt. After the end of the war in 1918, the company lost most of its foreign branches and factories.



2022-04-24T16:27:03+02:00April 24th, 2022|

UK label owned by Fonotipia Co. Ltd. incorporated on 28 February 1908 as a low-cost label. The records were pressed and manufactured by Jumbo Record Fabrik G.m.b.H. in Frankfurt. First records didn’t have the elephant trade mark, because was used by Elephone Record that closed his activity at the beginning of 1909, and from that moment Jumbo started to use the elephant trade mark. On 1st August 1909 the manufacturing and distribution of Jumbo and Jumbola Record discs is entrusted to International Talking Machine Co. m.b.H.

The label was discontinued in 1911 following Fonotipia’s buyout by Carl Lindström A.-G.. In 1913 the Carl Lindström A.-G. built a new pressing factory in Hertford called The Mead Works.

In 1915, the British government introduced the “Trading with the Enemy” acts which prohibited German firms operating at all in Britain. This meant that Lindström had it’s offices and factories seized by the government.

In 1917 Columbia Graphophone Company bought the old Lindström business from the government and it was decided to rename the label Venus Record.



2022-04-17T11:06:02+02:00April 17th, 2022|

Melodia Record was a label of the Georg Bernhardt company in Leipzig, Germany. It was registered on April 14, 1913. The company records were made as contract pressings from 1913 (Initially also by Lindström). From about 1928 the records were pressed by the Isi-Werke.

On July 24, 1913, the brand was transferred to Carl Lindström AG.



2021-10-26T18:24:26+02:00Oktober 26th, 2021|

German shellac label operating between 1936 and 1951.

The label was launched in March 1936 by Kristall Schallplatten GmbH.

Label owner:
Kristall-Schallplatten G.m.b.H.: 1936 and 1937
Carl Lindström A.-G.: August 1937 until 1951.

Source: Discogs


2021-09-24T16:38:09+02:00September 24th, 2021|

The club “Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft” was founded in 1924 in Berlin, Germany, focused on books. After WWII the club went to Darmstadt, Germany. In 1970 50% was sold to Bertelsmann AG, which acquired the rest in 1988.

Source: Discogs


2020-03-21T09:43:31+01:00März 21st, 2020|

The Deutsche Crystalate GmbH from Berlin, Germany registered the brand CRYSTAL on February 9, 1929 and KRISTALL on April 26, 1929. On December 9, 1933 the company was renamed Kristall-Schallplatten GmbH.

Carl Lindström AG acquires the company on August 1, 1937, and in September 1937 the company is renamed to Crystalate Musik Instrumente GmbH.




2020-03-12T15:24:56+01:00März 12th, 2020|

Climax was a German label, which was founded in Cologne and existed from 1951 until 1953.

They only used original matrices of Blue Note for their reprints.

Source: Discogs



2020-03-25T15:31:43+01:00September 19th, 2019|

The label was founded by the Lied der Zeit Schallplatten-Gesellschaft mbH, which was founded in 1947 as a company of the singer Ernst Busch. After the expropriation of Ernst Busch in 1953, the state-owned company VEB Deutsche Schallplatten was formed from this company.

For contemporary serious music a subsidiary called NOVA was founded.
Around 1963 the label LITERA was founded for literary texts, readings, theater and radio plays as well as political documentations.

Eterna CDs were produced by the Prague Supraphon.

The record prices were determined by the state. Records of NOVA cost 10.10 GDR-Marks , LITERA and ETERNA 12.10 GDR-Marks.

In 1985, Eterna – licensed by the West German Teldec – released four “Direct Metal Mastering” (DMM) LPs, starting in 1986 there were numerous other DMM records from ETERNA.

The productions of classical and new music were subsidized by the higher proceeds of the popular productions on the label Amiga (selling price mostly 16.10 GDR-Marks).

In the West, recordings of the Eterna label were distributed by major record companies such as Deutsche Grammophon, Telefunken, Ariola Eurodisc, Philips and EMI.

Conversely, Eterna distributed recordings with western orchestras and soloists under license in the GDR. With the German gramophone there were also in the 1950s, co-productions.

Source: Wikipedia

Discography of ETERNA


2019-08-14T10:07:28+02:00August 14th, 2019|

German label based in Berlin releasing flexi-discs in coloured shiny celluloid material from around 1928 to 1931.
Phonycord were also active in England (December 1930 – April 1931) and Sweden (summer and autumn 1930).
There was also a Norwegian Phonycord (1930-1931) that distributed mostly German and English Phonycord releases.


Source: Discogs



2019-06-27T15:35:25+02:00Juni 27th, 2019|

The company was founded 1889 in Leipzig, Germany, after having existed since 1886 as a limited partnership. Until 1901 the company was “Fabrik Lochmannscher Musikwerke Akt.-Ges.”, then until 1907 “Symphonionfabrik Lochmannscher Musikwerke”. The company produced mechanical music works, so-called symphonies, gramophones and gramophone records, as well as the production of Orchestrions, etc.
The share capital was originally 300,000 marks, it was increased up to 1900 including 1,600,000 marks. It was about the period when the company was in bloom.

After several years of negative business, the company went bankrupt in 1911.