Prior to that date, the label Grammophon was used, in conjunction with the Nipper dog.
Note: The branding "Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft" was used until 1970 but such releases belong here.
In 1949, the tulip crown is introduced, after the trademark rights to HMV/Nipper are sold to EMI (Electrola).
In 1957, the "cartouche", bordered by a garland of tulips, is introduced.
Label Code: LC 00173 / LC 0173
Series associated with 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 from the 1950's and 1960's, and also from 2004 onwards, often come in different versions. Therefore it's recommended to mention the graphical layout of the cover or center labels. Otherwise the following information should be added to the Release Notes on submissions:
1. Branding: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft or just Deutsche Grammophon (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 when there's a tulip border (darker or brighter yellow - difficult as you have to 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. If Stereo is on a red background on the front cover or on a red sticker ("Stereo Compatible" - stereo reissues of 17 / 18 / 19 mono series releases).
5. Gatefold cover with stitched spine (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).
7. Center label features "Alle Hersteller- ..." (until 1966) or "Made in Germany" (since 1967).
Catalog number relations and info:
· LP 16 xxx - 10" LP mono (early/mid 1950's - beginning 1960's)
· LPE 17 xxx - 10" LP mono (early/mid 1950's - beginning 1960's)
· LPM 18 xxx - 12" LP mono (early/mid 1950's - mid 1960's)
· LPEM 19 xxx - 12" LP mono (mid 1950's - mid 1960'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]
· 133 xxx (SLP) - 10" LP stereo (1960's) [see LPE 17 mono above]
· 136 xxx (SLPEM) - 12" LP stereo (1960's) [see LPEM 19 mono above]
· 138 xxx (SLPM) - 12" LP stereo (1960's) [see LPM 18 mono above]
· 25xx xxx - stereo only (from ca.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.