The label was exactly since 1949 until 1958 Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. It is same as the company name as briefly.
In 1958 the DGG adopted the now-famous label design featuring a yellow cartouche bordered by a garland of tulips as Deutsche Grammophon label.
Label Code: LC 00173 / LC 0173
Series associated with this label Deutsche Grammophon:
Deutsche Grammophon Debut: This series presents upcoming, young, performing talents.
Avantgarde (2): Series devoted to (then) contemporary music, released in late 1960s & early 1970s. Four 6-LP box-set collections also issued.
Deutsche Grammophon Resonance: In this series, older, often very good, recordings are being reissued at a cheap price.
Collectors Edition (2): Series of box-set compilations.
Festival Of Hits: Budget compilation series initially made for the Canadian market, with a distinctive visual theme.
Releases around the 1950's-60's and also from 2004 onward often come in different versions. For this reason it's best to mention the graphical layout of the label. Otherwise the following informations should be added to Release Notes on submissions.
1. Label -> with Gesellschaft or not (both for cover and labels, may differ).
2. Center-labels border (tulip or straight border) (older issues/pressings have a tulip border)
3. Center-labels colour if there's a tulip border (darker or brighter yellow, more difficult as you should compare or know the two) (issues/pressings with dark yellow background are even older, see label images for an example of a darker and a brighter centerlabel with tulip borders (darker is a 1956 print, the brighter a 1959 print)
4. Sometimes Stereo is on a red background on the front cover, mention it (indicates an early stereo pressing)
5. If it has a gatefold cover with stitched spine, mention it (older issue/pressing)
6. For those with stitched spine: mention if it's an illustrated or generic front cover (oldest releases have a generic cover design)
Catalog number relations and info:
· LP 16 xxx - 10"-LP mono (mid '50's - beginning '60's)
· LPE 17 xxx - 10"-LP mono (mid '50's - beginning '60's)
· LPM 18 xxx - 12"-LP mono (mid '50's - beginning '60's)
· LPEM 19 xxx - 12"-LP mono (mid '50's - beginning '60's)
· 004 xxx / 104 xxx - 004 = mono / 104 = stereo (mid '60's, used both for DG and for Archiv Produktion)
· 1x xxx (LPM) - mono (1960's) [Issued concurrent with stereo LPs below]
· 13x xxx (SLPM/SLPEM) - stereo (1960's) [see mono above]
· 25xx xxx - stereo only (from c.1970 to early 1980's CD -era)
· 27xx xxx - multiple record set, often in box with booklet & other documentation; Individual LPs also have distinct (sequential) catalog numbers.
The 7-digit numerical catalogue numbers were introduced in April 1970. Any item with such a catalogue number has been released after that date.
Note: Inner poly lined dust sleeves for some Deutsche Grammophon pressing's and reissues usually have a manufacturing date. For example N #/82 or N#/80 on bottom right corner, thus referring to the year 1982 or 1980 that the inner sleeve was made. This is NOT an absolutely correct way to determine the exact year for releases, it can however give you an idea of the era the LP was manufactured.
For a detailed essay about the meaning of DG-codes on German vinyl releases, see this forum entry.