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A rare pre-WWI label, produced for Craies & Stavridi of 101, Bunhill Row, London.

There were two known catalogue series, but it has not yet been established which series came first, or whether they ran concurrently.

One started at 1 and ran for about 300 issues. These were initially pressed by and used masters from Edison Bell, from their "Bell", "Velvet Face" or "Winner" labels. This continued up to at least No. 130. The few reported with numbers in the 160s & 170s were made in Germany using Globophon masters. Then from about 190 onwards, Edison Bell took over again up to the highest known.

The other series started at 10001 ("Apollo Green Label") and probably ran for about 100 issues. These were manufactured in Germany and used masters from Kalliope (usually referred to as "Blum" masters). Obviously these date from pre-WWI.

 

Label styles (see images, right:
1. Earliest using Edison Bell masters; British made. Note the rather crude trade mark.
2. Similar to 1., but with much better trade mark (British made)
3. Slightly different image for the trade mark - German manufacture using globophon masters
4. Back to British made from Edison Bell
5. German manufacture from Kalliope.

Thanks to Norman Field for providing scans of label types 3 and 5.

 
Label type 1.

Label type 2


Label type 3.



label type 4


Label type 5

Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series.

Most of the information below was provided by Frank Andrews, for which I am very grateful, seeing how rare this label seems to be.
Other people who have provided information are:
Greg Butler, Norman Field, Jolyon Hudson, Mike Langridge, Frederick Murphy

Page last updated: March 23, 2018

Cat No. Matrix No. Title Artists Original issue
1 2168
2285
Big Ben March (Hesse)
Apache Dance (Offenbach)
Apollo Band (= Bohemian Band)
Imperial Military Band (= Royal Military Band)
Bell 51
Bell 104
2        
3        
4 2000
2363
"Merry Widow" - selection (Lehar)
Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay (Cobb, Flynn)
Symphony Orchestra (= London Concert Orchestra)
King's Colonials (= H.M. King's Colonials)
Bell 1
Bells 146
5        
6        
7        
8        
9        
10 2323
2385
The Wellington March (Zehle)
Under The Double Eagle (J.F. Wagner)
Regimental Band (= London Regimental Band)
King's Colonials (= H.M. King's Colonials)
Bell 123
Bell 171
11        
12        
13        
14        
15 2200
2428
1812 Overture (Tchaikowsky)
"Contes D'Hoffman" - Barcarolle (Offenbach)
Royal Artillery Band
King's Colonials
Bell 61
Bell 196
16        
17        
18        
19        
20 2191
2235
Overture to "Poete Et Paysan", parts 1 & 2 (Suppe) Imperial Military Band (= Royal Military Band) Bell 76
21        
22        
23 2028
2227-2
The Church Parade (Hesse)
While Shepherds Watch (Tate, Handel)
Regimental Band (= London Regimental Band)
Chapel Royal Quartet
Bell 153
Bell 82
24 2187
2334
Ne M'oubliez Pas (Hesse)
Pretty Pond Lillies (Hall)
Len Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock) Bell 57
Bell 130
25        
26 2435
2438
Hop Scotch Schottische (Rose)
Scotch Reels (trad.)
Fred Pascall (concertina) (= Alexander Prince) Bell 206
27        
28        
29        
30        
31 2452 I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside Fred Murray (= Harry Fay ?) Bell 217
32        
33        
34 2374 Ship Ahoy George Wilson Bell 150
35        
36        
37        
38        
39        
40        
41 2355
2357
Settle Up, Settle Down
We're All Waiting For a Girl
Fred Murray (= Harry Fay ?) Bell 170
Bell 176
42        
43 2425
2426
"The Girl In The Train" - waltz (Leo Fall)
"The Girl In The Train" - selection (Leo Fall)
The Band of King Edward's Horse (= H.M. King's Colonials) Bell 194
44        
45        
46        
47 2496 Alabama Skedaddle William Ditcham (xylophone) Bell 231
48        
49        
50        
51        
52        
53        
54 2510
2513
Down In Jungle Town
Put On Your Ta-Ta, Little Girlie
Robert Ingram (= Jack Charman) Bell 233
Bell 232
55        
56        
57        
58        
59        
60        
61 2504
2506
Reverie (Schumann)
Spring Song (Mendelssohn)
Harp, Violin, Viola & Flute (= Schumann Quartette) Bell 244
Velvet Face 1034
62        
63        
64        
65        
66        
67        
68        
69        
70        
71 2517
2518
The Quaker Girl - waltz (Monckton)
The Quaker Girl - selection (Monckton)
Apollo Band (= H.M. King Edward's Horse) Bell 256
72        
73        
74        
75        
76        
77        
78        
79        
80        
81 2594
2595
British Cavalry Camp Calls, parts 1& 2 [anon] (= Peter Anderson (bugle)) Bell 263
82        
83        
84 2622
2626
The Sweep's Intermezzo (P. Rubens)
Sweet Jessamine (Hesse & Oakley)
Olly Oakley (banjo) Velvet Face 1070
Bell 268
85        
86        
87        
88        
89        
90        
91        
92        
93 2662
2664
Down In Jungle Town (Madden, Morse)
Rendez-Vous, waltz (Zuluetta)
The Kilkenny Orchestra (= Royal Court Orchestra) Bell 292
Bell 292
94        
95        
96        
97        
98        
99        
100        
101        
102        
103        
104        
105 2727
2728
Carnival De Venice (trad.)
Semiramide (Rossini)
Signor Mose Tapiero Bell 311
Bell 318
106        
107        
108        
109        
110 2189 Christmas Memories
Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand (Alford)
Apollo Band (= Royal Military Band)
Bell 56
111        
112        
113        
114        
115        
116        
117        
118        
119        
120 115 (2856)
151
Sweet Jenny Gray
All That I Ask Is Love
Stanley Kirkby
Robert Carr
Bell 377
Bell 381 ?
121        
122        
123 2706
 
We All Go The Same Way Home
You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside
Jack Charman Bell 298
Bell 301
124        
125        
126        
127        
128        
129        
130 170
189
The Socialist March
La Marseillaise
Apollo Band  
131        
132        
133        
134        
135        
136        
137 585 Wedding March (Mendelssohn) Apollo Band  
138        
139        
140        
141        
142        
143        
144        
145        
146        
147        
148        
149        
150        
151        
152        
153        
154        
155        
156        
157        
158        
159        
160        
161        
162        
163        
164        
165        
166        
167 6169
6173
Because (D'Hartelot)
Queen Of The Earth (Pinsuti)
Chas. Kempton (baritone) Globophon
168        
169        
170 6052
6164
Two Eyes Of Grey (McGeoch)
Lighterman Tom (Barron, Squire)
Edward Floyd
Chas. Kemplan
Globophon
Globophon
171        
172        
173        
174        
175 6004
6006
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
I Like Your Apron And Your Bonnet
Edie Phillips  
176        
177        
178        
179        
180        
181        
182        
183        
184        
185        
186        
187        
188        
189        
190        
191        
192        
193        
194        
195 197 Blue Danube (waltz) Bohemian Band  
196        
197 2947
(0130)
The Eternal Waltz (Leo Fall)
Ginger Two-Step (Wurm)
Apollo Band (= Royal Court Orchestra)
Louisiana Symphony Orchestra (= Royal Court Orchestra)
Bell 419
Bell 320
198        
199        
200        
201        
202 2925 My Cinnamon Lady (Mills, Scott) Jack Charman Bell 395
203 2923
 
The Cubanola Glide
There Is No-One To Harmonise
Jack Charman
Jack Charman & Robert Carr
Bell 395
 
204        
205        
206        
207        
208 46
87
Light Of Foot (Latann)
Pretty Pond Lillies (Hall)
Irish Guards
Len Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock)
Bell 303
Bell 130
209        
210        
211        
212        
213        
214        
215        
216        
217        
218        
219        
220        
221        
222        
223        
224        
225        
226        
227        
228        
229        
230        
231        
232        
233        
234        
235        
236   Come Where The Night Birds Are Singing Wilfred Virgo  
237        
238        
239        
240        
241        
242        
243        
244        
245        
246        
247        
248        
249        
250        
251        
252        
253        
254        
255        
256        
257        
258        
259        
260        
261        
262        
263        
264        
265 514
515
Mystic Beauty
"Madame Sherry" - The Love Dance
Apollo Band  
266 516
517
Hitchy Koo
Robert E. Lee
American Ragtime Octette  
267        
268 2685 (522)
2686 (521)
The Blind Boy (Lee, Moore)
Asleep In The Deep- Parody (Lamb; Petrie)
G. H. Chirgwin Velvet Face 1082
269        
270        
271        
272        
273        
274        
275        
276        
277 3329 (538)
(539)
Sally In Our Alley (Carey)
Mary Of Argyll (--)
Anderson Nicol Velvet Face 185
Bell 499
278        
279        
280        
281        
282        
283        
284        
285        
286 (556)
(557)
Mister Cupid (Weston, Cunliffe)
The Wibbly Wobbly Walk (Pelham, Long)
Fred Pascal Winner 2281
287 3428
3429
Nigger In A Fit (Ossman)
Camptown Carnival (Morley)
Olly Oakley (banjo) Winner 2281
288        
289        
290        
291 3470
3471
A Coon Band Contest (Pryor)
Cotton Blossoms (Hall)
Fourteen Tromboniers Winner 2290
292        
293        
294        
295        
296        
297        
298        
299        
300        

Information about the 10001 series: This is a green and gold label.

Cat No. Matrix No Title Artist Original Issue and artist's name
10001 (1646)
(1647) 3350
Grizzly Bear (Botsford)
Gaby Glide (Pilcer & Hirsch)
Apollo Military Band (= Royal Court Orchestra ?) Winner 2136
Winner 2217
10002 1649
1664
Gipsy Love, waltz
Quand L'Amour Meunt
Apollo Military band
Royal Symphony Orchestra
 
10003   I Want Everyone To Love Me
The Ghost Of The Violin
The Two Quids
Harry Cove (baritone)
Diploma C-78
 
10004 1639
 
All Aboard For Bye-Bye Land
Tis A Story That Will Live Forever
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10005 C-1594-S
C-1955-S
Take Me Back To The Garden Of Love
My Heart Is With You To-Night
Robert Carr (baritone, with orch.)  
10006 1596
 
The Rosary
Tis A Story That Will Live Forever
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10007 1665
 
The Old Grey Coat
Save A Little One For Me
Billy Williams  
10008 1668
1669
My Girl From London Twon
Jean From Aberdeen
Billy Williams  
10009 1623
1624
Hitchy Koo
The Ragtime Goblin Man
The Two Quids Victory C-65
10010 1403
 
I'm Going Back To Dixie
Dicky Bird Hop
The Two Quids  
10011 1636
1637
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
The Two Quids Victory C-68
10012 1609
 
The Kangaroo Hop
Her We Are Again
Billy Melville (= Jack Charman) Victory C-71
Diploma C-70
10013 1608
 
The Ragtime Jockey Man
Mister Cupid
Jack Charman Victory C-71
Diploma C-71
10014 1628
1631
Mary Told The Story To The Soldier
Mary Used To Love A Sailor
Rose Hayes  
10015 1657
1661
Pucker Up Your Lips, Miss Lindy
Hear That Orchestra Rag
The Two Quids Victory C-76
10016 1642
1660
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Wedding Glide
The Two Quids
Jack Charman
Victory C-67
Victory C-77
10017 1649
1651
Gipsy Love, waltz
Blue Danube Waltz
Apollo Military Band
12th Hussars Band
 
10018 1654
 
Cavalleria Rusticana, intermezzo
Cavalleria Rusticana, selection
Apollo Military Band  
10019 1614
 
The Thunderer
The Gladiator March
Apollo Military Band  
10020 1633
 
Annie Laurie
Goodbye
Madame Jomelli  
10021   The Land Of I Dunno Where
The Land Of Someday
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10022   Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Be A Man
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10023   Somewhere A Voice Is Calling
I Shall Never Cease To Love You
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10024   The Rosary
Mary
Jack Glover (cornet)  
10025 1666
1667
Tickle Me, Timothy
Put A Bit Of Powder On It, Father
Billy Williams Victory C-61
10026 1469
 
By The Watermelon Vine
Song Bird
Jack Charman Victory C-64
10027 1641
1642
The Burglar Rag
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime
The Two Quids Victory C-67
10028 1643
1645
Take Ma Finger Tips, Malinda
If You Want To Please Susannah
The Two Quids Victory C-69
10029 1629
1630
Keep On Swinging Me, Charlie
Here You Are Again, Mr. Rainbow
Rose Hayes  
10030   The Cossack March
Wee MacGregor
Band of The 12th Hussars  
10031   Stars And Stripes
Loyal Legion
Band of The 12th Hussars  
10032 1616
1620
The Imperial Edward March
The Crusader March
Band of The 12th Hussars  
10033 1652
 
Gold And Silver Waltz
Overture 1812
Band of The 12th Hussars  
10034   Silver Bell
Yesterday You Called Me Sweetheart
The Two Quids
Robert Carr (baritone)
 
10035 1595
 
My Heart Is With You To-Night
That's What The Rose Said To Me
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10036 1605
1606
Little Shepherdess Of Devon
When The Convent Bell Is Ringing
Robert Carr (baritone)  
10037 1592
1593
Don't Go Out With Him To-Night
I Never Heard Father Laugh So Much Before
Billy Williams (= Jack Charman)
Billy Melville (= Jack Charman)
Diploma C-63
10038 1622
1625
There's A Girl In Havana
Ragging The Baby To Sleep
The Two Quids Victory C-74
10039 1644
1659
Down In Dear Old New Orleans
Way Down South
The Two Quids Victory C-75
10040        
10041        
10042        
10043        
10044        
10045        
10046        
10047        
10048        
10049        
10050   Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep
Out Of The Deep
Tom F. Kinniburgh (bass)  
10051 1860
1869
In Sweet September
Sympathy
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
10052 1861
1870
My Treasure
The Sweetest Flower That Blooms
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
10053 1355
1867
Little Grey Home In The West
Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes
Tom F. Kinniburgh (bass)
Albert Watson
 
10054 1874
 
Until
Queen Of The Earth
Alan Turner  
10055   Up From The Country
She Makes Me Walk In Ragtime
Ben Lawes  
10056 1776
1778
Everybody's Doing It At The Seaside
I Do Like You, Susie, In Your Sunday Clothes
Jack Charman Diploma C-87
10057 1777
1779
Dixie Dan
Ragtime Lizzie
Jack Charman
Harry Cove
Diploma C-82
 
10058   When The Yiddisher Band Plays An Irish Tune
I Don't Want A Ragtime Coon
Harry Cove  
10059   Hello, Hello London Town
You Great Big Blue-Eyed Baby
Harry Cove  
10060 1792
1793
Where Shall We Go To-Night?
Follow The Footprints In The Snow
Billy Melville (= Jack Charman)
Diploma C-97
10061 1775
1791
There's A Gentleman Here To-Night
Toddling Home
Billy Melville (= Jack Charman) Diploma C-82
Diploma C-83
10062 1790
 
Are We All Here?
In The Land Of Go-As-You-Please
Jack Charman Diploma C-87
 
10063   I Do Love You, My Orange Girl
When I Get You Alone To-Night
Harry Cove  
10064 1846
1850
Oh, Those Ever-Loving Wonderful Beautiful Eyes
My Boy
Harry Cove  
10065 1851
1854
Ring Out Those Bells
That Mellow Melody
The Two Quids Diploma C-90
10066 1853
 
That Ragtime Dinner-Time Band
Play Something Irish In Ragtime
The Two Quids Diploma C-81
Diploma C-84
10067   We All Go Home In Ragtime
When I Lost You
Jack Charman
Harry Cove
 
10068 1858
 
Little Miss USA
We Don't Care A Button If We Walk There
Jack Charman Diploma C-90
Diploma C-97
10069 1784
1785
A Banjo Oddity
Sweet Jessamine
Olly Oakley (banjo) Diploma F-12
10070 1907
 
Lo, Hear The Gentle Hark
The Rosary
The Schumann Quartet  
10071 1786
1787
Queen Of The Burlesque
Camptown Carnival
Olly Oakley (banjo) Diploma F-11
10072        
10073        
10074        
10075        
10076        
10077        
10078        
10079        
10080        
10081        
10082        
10083        
10084        
10085        
10086        
10087        
10088        
10089        
10090        
10091        
10092        
10093 2451
2559
Take Me In Your Arms And Say You Love Me
On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
The Two Quids
Robert Carr

Diploma C-122
10094        
10095        
10096        
10097        
10098        
10099