- Abstract: This article details how the Musica G.D. trademark imprint on record labels associated with Deutsche Grammophon-Aktiengesellschaft, Hanover and Polyphon-Musikwerke, Actiengesellschaft, Berlin came about and traces the history and use of the Musica G.D label imprint. An overview is given of the history of Georges Dutreih, a business established in 1835 in Paris under the name of Georges Dutreih, and many years later his son also named Georges (born 1858) who became the successor of the business. On 30th March 1904, Georges Dutreih et Cie., Paris, was granted the registration of a trademark depicting a star with the words ‘Musica G.D. Paris’ upon it. On the 28th January 1921, the Musica G.D. trademark was assigned to the German company Polyphon-werke A.G., 76 Markgrafenstrasse, Berlin, who utilised the Musica G.D. trademark as their holding company to expand and market products outside of Germany. To accomplish this task an umbrella company was organised for the ‘export market’ in the name of Musica G.D. In 1929 the use of the Musica G.D. trademark became redundant.
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