Operating under this name until 30 June 1970, when all distribution was transferred to Amadeo Österreichische Schallplatten Aktiengesellschaft, Polydor Gesellschaft m.b.H. and Phonogram Ges.m.b.H., Wien.
All administrative, manufacturing and logistic activities were then transferred to Phonodisc GesmbH.
Originally founded as Austrian subsidiary by German Polyphon Musik in 1919. The pressing plant, originally built 1941, was destroyed during World War II, rebuilt and went back into production in 1947.
Identifiers (verified for the period between 1967 and 1970):
All records crediting "Made in Austria · Polyphon Schallplatten Ges. mbH" in the centre label rim text, earliest confirmed for late autumn 1966 on Randy Scott Und Die Dream-Boys - Du Aber Schaust Mich Nicht An. Post-June-1970 exceptions mentioned in the bottom line.
All Polydor/Philips related releases which show BIEM i.o. GEMA and/or "Made in Austria" if issued in a cover printed in Germany.
M, IM, MI (Mono indicators), CM, MC (Stereo indicators) (stamped) indicate cutting at the facility. Entry: Lacquer Cut At/Pressed By
24 (stamped): generally used on external lacquers/mothers, i.e. on cuts by Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant or Phonodisc B.V.) of all labels from the Philips and DGG label families (e.g. Polydor, Bell, Buddah, Vertigo, DGG, Philips, etc.). A stamped 2 is often accompanying, either replacing the '1' at the beginning of the string (DGG/Polydor cuts) or in solitary position (Phonogram cuts).
Entry: Pressed By
Made in Austria (stamped): generally used on external lacquers/mothers, found frequently on cuts by e.g. Sonopress (Ariola and related labels), Phonodisc B.V. or the DGG pressing plant (Polydor/Philips and related labels), often as sole indicator for the Austrian edition. Entry: Pressed By
A small letter, in most of the cases an A or B, can regularly be found stamped turned 90deg in the runout area. 'A' can also appear on side B and vice versa.
Please note that all releases showing "Austro Mechana" were pressed in 1971 or later by succeeding companies Phonodisc GesmbH or PRS Ges.mbh.
Only in rare cases like Wo Die Wälder Heimlich Rauschen leftover label blanks stating Polyphon Schallplatten Ges.mbH were used after the establishment of Phonodisc GesmbH or Austro Mechana respectively.