15 February 2010

Illustra - Citroën Picture Disc

Dirk Kooreman pointed me to a beautiful cardboard picture disc. On the front a Citroën car logo and the name CITROËN in capitals. This side of the record contains the foxtrot Go Home and Tell Your Mother, a composition by Fields and McHugh, which was a hit in the late 1920s. It is unknown who plays and sings the tune.
On the other site a beautiful painted lady and the song Maria, Mari (E. di Capua) by Cav. Salvatore Salvati (tenor). Salvatore Salvati was a then famous Italian opera singer. This record is for sale on Marktplaats ( Febr. 2010)
May 2008 Henk Duymelink sent me a cover of an Onbreekbare Gramophoonplaat Met Lot ( = An unbreakable Gramophone Record With a Lottery ticket). The profits of the raffle was for Het Zwakke Kind ( = The vulnarable kids ) - The first prize was Een Te Bouwen Landhuis ( = A new-to-build Villa) and he second Een Citroën Automobiel 5 Persoons ( = a 5-seat Citroën automobiles ( Type C.4 G ). This sleeve contained a so-far unknown record and we wondered what "unbreakable record" had been inside. Well - now we know. It was this Illustra Record. Dirk forwarded me some numbers engraved in the "Durium-like" surface. The matrices seem 03245 and 1027 5. The catalogue number might be 032451112 X Another Illustra disc: Louis Davids' in Wat Een Meisje Weten Moet.
The Illustra Record label, published by the Illustra Handel Maatschappij N.V., Tulpstraat 10, Amsterdam ( also named:Illustra Record Trading Co. N.V.) released some great picture disks. Best known in The Netherlands is the great Louis Davids advertisement record for Persil Washing-powder.
The second version of Louis Davids' Wat Een Meisje Weten Moet
Thanks to Peter Bastine from Hamburg, European expert in picture discs, I can offer you a small discography of Illustra Records all worth to collect.
Louis Davids (Persil) -
A-side : "Wat een meisje weten moet" = B-side : 20 different German titles by other artists or unknown. There are diferent pictures on the A-side: child picture : "Mijn Mammie wascht alles met Persil" or farmer's family picture : "Ringel, reie, rozenkrans, voor Persil een rondedans" B-side : all has same picture of housewives
= I
llustra Record (Vatican) with paper sleeve = Boticelli painting from Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy
Another Louis Davids' Illustra Record: 't Is Prima - a Primagaz commercial.

= Shell (oil company)
= Gitanes (cigarettes)
= Ducretet (radios)
= Byrrh (drinks)
= Citroën (cars)
and a few records with thick cardboard layers :
= Primagaz (gaz) (" 't is Prima" by Louis Davids)
= Ford (cars) ("Mijn Nieuwe Ford V8")
= ZHB Bieren (beer) (ZHB Pilsener, Den Haag; by Lou Bandy).
The reverse of the 't Is Prima commercial

Thanks Dirk and Peter for sharing these great picture discs with us.

Hans Koert

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Anonymous Chris Zwarg said...

The Salvati side of the Citroën disc is from Tri-Ergon matrix 03245, rec. February 1930 in Berlin-Marienfelde. No idea so far where the flipside came from, it might well be an US-recorded matrix.

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