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The well-known chemist chain (originally based in Nottingham) is not known for selling records these days. However, in the early 1920s, some shops at least (maybe only the bigger ones?) were selling their own-labelled record. This was a 6" disc in a B-1000 series, (The only record I have encountered of this size) and was recorded and manufactured by Vocalion in around April 1923. There were two catalogue series: one starting at B-1 and the other at B-1001.

The B-1 series are 5" records and only one of these has been reported and it has the same titles as the equivalent (i.e. B-1009) in the other series but with different matrix numbers.  I could speculate that the two series duplicate each other, but that is only based on one example, so we'll have to see!

No artist credit is shown on the label.

Strangely, the three Boots records in my posession all have the label name scratched out, and this isn't unique as I believe others had reported the similar examples. Very kindly, my friends Steve Walker & Norman Field recreated what they expected the label would look like.

Just recently, I have received images from elsewhere of undefaced labels and also an example of a Boots' record sleeve. I include all these here, along with my original and the recreated example, with ackknowlegements below each one. You can see that Steve & Norman's expectation was pretty close to the real thing. The difference being the label name's letters not being solid. Most impressive!

 

Extra information from the files of the late Arthur Badrock.


from Hector Hill

from Bob Lilley

from John Wright

my original

recreated by Steve Walker & Norman Field

Please e-mail me if you have any additions or corrections to this page.

Thanks to the following for sending me more information: Duncan Brand, Hector Hill, Bob Lilley

Page last updated on: December 07, 2023

First the B-1 series, 5" records, most likely also issued on "Little Marvel".

Catalogue No. Matrix No. Title Description and artists (if known)
B-1      
B-2      
B-3      
B-4      
B-5      
B-6      
B-7      
B-8      
B-9 C-5445
C-563
2
My Sweet Hortense
Old Folks At Home
Vocal
Banjo
B-10      
B-11      
B-12      

Now the B-1001 series, diameter 6".

Catalogue No. Matrix No. Title Description and artists (if known)
B-1001 C-5593
C-5610
Singing
Punjaub March
Vocal
Band
B-1002 C-5595
C-5613
Kentucky Babe
Anvile Chorus "Trovatore"
Vocal
Band
B-1003 C-5591
C-5611
I'm Getting Better Every Day
Light Of Foot, march
Vocal (= Fred Gibson ?)
Band
B-1004      
B-1005 C-5587
C-5612
I Ain't Nobody's Darling
Grand March "Aida"
Vocal (= Fred Gibson ?)
Band
B-1006 C-5597
C-5614-X
Whoops-A-Daisy
Barcarolle ("Tales Of Hoffman")
Vocal (= Jack Charman ? )
Band
B-1007      
B-1008 C-5592
C-5615
Ma!
Prelude from "Carmen"
Vocal
Band
B-1009 C-5590
C-5636
My Sweet Hortense
Old Folks At Home
Vocal
Banjo
B-1010      
B-1011      
B-1012 C-5598
C-5638
Nice Old Maid
Old Black Joe
Vocal
Banjo