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4in1 (1)
BBC (2)
Broadcast (2)
Chappell (4)
Crown (UK) (2)
Decca (UK) (21)
Diamond Record (3)
10.5″ vertically cut records, etched label with blue infill (later appeared paper labels), recording starts from the outside. Recording speed - 80 rpm, as written on the sleeve. According to Norman Field's website (, the records were produced by Pathé Frères for Diamond Disc Record Ltd. in London. Aappeared in January 1915. They mainly consisted of Paté's repertoire, but there were also their own recordings. In 1916 the firm was absorbed by Pathé, but continued to work until 1919. A total of 419 discs had been issued, the last catalogue number is 428 (nine numbers were never used).
Duophone (4)
Echo (GB) (4)
Eclipse (1)
Edison Bell (UK) (13)
Elephone Records (2)
The Elephone Records we produced by the Universal Talking Machine Co., Ltd., London. The company was formed on November 07, 1907 [1] targeting Indian Gramophone market. The label name “Elephone” is a combination of the first letters from the word “Elephant” and the last letters from the word “Gramophone”. Also, there is the image of an elephant with two gramophone horns instead of tusks on the label. The Company started sales in India on May 12, 1908 and offered records in... [more]
EMI (2)
Gramophone Co. (4085)
The histories of this company as well as the history of the invention of gramophone record and gramophone itself are inseparably related to the name of talented inventor, engineer and businessman Emile Berliner. In 1893 Berliner had formed the United States Gramophone Company that located at 1410 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.. This company offered the first seven inches disc records in November 1894 on the Berliner Gramophone label. After various mergers, divisions, lawsuits, and injunctions,... [more]
Gui de buire (8)
Gui de Buire (meaning "sprig of mistletoe in a vessel" in French) was a label of London recording studio Gui de Buire Recording Studios, later Gui de Buire Recodring Company, Ltd., created in 1946 and officially closed on November 15, 1957. Its owner, then sales director, was Barry Barron. Business’ address was changed several times, staying within the New Bond street, Mayfair, London.

For us, Gui de Buire is interesting because it produced recordings... [more]
Historic Masters (14)
“Historic Masters” are later reprints from the original masters of Gramophone Company on “noiseless” vinyl. This apparently makes them the best ever possible “originals”. One more merit of these records is indication of true speed of the recording that, as it is now quite clear, considerably deviates from the nominal 78 RPM.
Hugophone (6)
Hugophone - Hugo's Language Institute.
64-66 Oxford St., London W.I.
Imperial (UK) (1)
John Bull Record (1)
The British label of the German gramophone company "Beka Record", used from 1909 to 1913.
The Joint Broadcasing Committee (6)
Объединенный вещательный комитет (Joint Broadcasting Committee), "загадочная структура, созданная разведывательно-пропагандистским крылом Интеллидженс сервис" ("an obscure body created by MI6’s espionage and propaganda wing", Simon J. Potter), существовал в 1939—1941 гг. Занимался организацией вещания на заграницу, прежде всего на оккупированные страны, в том числе путем выпуска малотиражных грамзаписей... [more]
London (2)
Mead and Field’s (3)
Mead and Field were manufacturers of novelties for Christmas and parties. The company was formed in 1910 and were still in business in 1960. The records such as the one shown here were made for them by Duophone and seem to be mainly pulled from the late 1920s D-500 and F-2000 series, usually in the same couplings as the Duophones. The Mead & Field’s labels had black printing but the background colour varies; also sometimes the label was just pasted over an existing Duophone, other times they are properly pressed in labels. They had no catalogue numbers... [more]
Melodia (UK) (2)
"Melodia Records (MiR)" - a label with almost no reliable information (even its location is doubtful: United Kingdom or Australia?). We only know that it has released two 78 rpms of a Polish Australian artist Andrzej Jędrzejowski (1923-2009), who also has been recorded on Australian labels Carinia and Selecton. Maybe British EPs with logo "Melody and Rhythm (MAR) Rec. Co. Ltd." (also of Australian Polish repertoire) belong to the same company.
--Mike G. Jurkevich
Metropole (UK) (1)
Neophone (2)
Article on "The 78rpm Record Home Page":
Nicole Record (2)
“Nicole Records” label was issued by Nicole Frères located in London. It specialized in producing of cardboard records with a thin layer of celluloid which acts as the recording medium. This technology was developed by the company in 1903 and successfully used not only for producing own records, but also for supplying the recording medium to other companies like Polyphon Musikwerke, Symphonion AG and Popper and Co. The weakness of this technology was lesser durability of the records comparing to the traditional shellac... [more]
Orbis (London) Limited (2)
Oriole (5)
Panachord (2)
Piccadilly (2)
Label example from Bill Dean-Myatt collection
Polonia (UK) (63)
"Polonia" (also referred to as "Orbis-Polonia") - recording label of Polish emigre company Orbis (founded in London in 1944, specializing mostly on publishing and selling Polish books). Most of Polonia records are 78 rpms: initially made using masters from "Melodia Record" (USA) (a green-and-golden series, with catalogue numbers from M-1 to at least M-10), later own recordings of emigre Polish artists (the main green-and-golden series, catalogue numbers from 101 up to at least 234; the red-and-golden series of Polish Christmas carols etc.... [more]
Polsko-Angielska wytwórnia płyt (2)
Popular (2)
Popular was one of labels belonging to Sound Recording Company (Swallow Street, Piccadilly, London), in use between 1913 and 1923. There was one catalogue series, with numbers from P-1 to more than P-1200. Many records were re-issues of what had been previously published under label Grammavox (1910-1915) of the same company using different series and catalogue numbers. Records themselves were pressed in England by Crystalate. For more info and catalogs, see and
Recorded Sound Ltd (2)
Regal (12)
Regal has been launched in 1914 as a subsidiary label of Columbia for budget-price issues and reissues. After the merger of Columbia and The Grammophone Company into EMI, at the turn of 1932 and 1933 the label was replaced by Regal-Zonophone and existed in this form until December 1957.
Regal Zonophone (2)
Label example from Bill Dean-Myatt collection
S. C. F. film studios and productions ltd. (4)
S. C. F. film studios and productions ltd. (address: 245 Marylebone road, N. W. 1, London) – the company existed under this name until November 6, 1952, then it was renamed to Voice of London ltd. Here the first recordings for Orbis-Polonia were recorded and issued.

--Mike G. Jurkevich
Simcha (6)
There is no available information about this label. The word "simcha" means "happiness" in Hebrew
Sonotape (2)
Sonotape Ltd.
18 Soho Square, W. I.
Tel. GERRARD 8464
Stella (Victory) Gramophone Record (2)
Предметом деятельности британского торгового агента по имени Leonard Joseph Blum, пребывавшего в Лондоне, были грампластинки нескольких марок. В 1911—1914 годах немецкая фирма Kalliope штамповала для него пластинки Stella-Grammophone-Record, Victory Record и Diploma Record. На британских этикетках стояло указание "RECORDED IN LONDON (или ENGLAND), PRESSED IN SAXONY (или DRESDEN)", что, очевидно, не всегда соответствовало действительности... [more]
Symposium (3)
Topic (4)
Label of Worker's Music Association, London

Label example from Bill Dean-Myatt collection
The Winner (2)
Zonophone (2348)
Zonophone, early on also rendered as Zon-O-Phone was a record label founded in 1899 in Camden, New Jersey by Frank Seaman. The Zonophone name was not that of the company, but was applied to the records and machines sold by Seaman from 1899-1900 to 1903.

Seaman had worked for Emile Berliner's Berliner Gramophone. Seaman decided to start his own company to produce disc records and disc phonographs. Seaman's Zon-O-Phone records... [more]

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