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Britannic records date from about 1910 and there appear to be two distinct styles, as shown. Neither show any maker's name but the first one does say "British Made"; the other proudly proclaims "British Made Throughout".   The first style shown (right) uses masters from "Bell" (and is an oversized 10" disc) pressed by Edison Bell; other matrix sources, such as Beka, American Record Company (ARC), were also used, and were the standard 10" discs. Some (at least) of the non-Edison Bell records were made by The Disc Record Company; these have "MADE IN ENGLAND" embossed into the record just outside of the label.

The Edison Bell ones have a 3-digit catalogue number (i.e. a number common to both sides) whereas all the others appear to have face numbers only. From known examples, the Edison Bell ones are in a 500 or 600 range.

The other (mauve coloured) label is a standard 10" disc and  the masters were from various sources, such as Nicole, Beka and American record Co; they were all pressed by the Disc Record Co. of Harrow.

The records cost about 2/6 and were sold by the "tally man" system where the customer was contracted to buy a number of discs over a year (about 50) for a fixed price, for which they received a new gramophone.

It is thought that the mauve labelled style was the earlier one, though it is not known for sure.


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

Thanks to the following who have provided information: Frank Andrews, Mike Atkin, Arthur Badrock, David Coleman, Bill Dean-Myatt, Graham Farnell, Norman Field, Philip Hutchinson, Michael Kinnear, Barry McCanna, Ian McPherson, Mavis Ricketts

Page last updated: March 23, 2018

Firstly the attractive coloured label;
I have split the listing into two sections; the first ones have face numbers only (i.e. differnt numbers on each label) and are from ARC, Beka &c. The second section have actual catalogue numbers (i.e. numbers common to both sides) are are Edison Bell products.
 

Cat No Matrix No Title Artist Coupling Source
           
0004   The Miner's Dream Of Home anon 1385 Beka?
           
0012 40712 True Till Death anon 0364 Beka
           
0028 H-28 Little Black Cupid anon (Baritone, with orch) 1255  
           
0030   Oh Promise Me  ?   1203  
           
0033 40333 Asleep In The Deep anon 0048 Beka
           
0048 40448 When The Ebb Tide Flows anon 0033 Beka
           
0072 40972 Marching Through Georgia anon (Band) 1193 Beka
           
0081 40481 Semper Fidelis anon (Band) 1262 Beka
           
0120 41120 Love Is A Seidlitz Powder anon 1252 Beka
           
0132 41132 My Wife's Gone To The Country anon (= Arthur Osmond) 1230 Beka
           
0256 5256 Through The Green Valleys anon (Military Band) 389 Beka ?
0256b 5256 Albert Edward March anon 0718a  
           
0289 5289 Pizzicato with chimes solo ("Sylvia" - Delibes) anon (bell solo, with orch) 1307 Beka ?
           
0293 293 Jefferson Guards anon 1259  
           
0331 5331 Tis A Faded Picture anon. (Baritone) 1269 Beka
           
0364 40364 Yes! Let Me Like A Soldier Fall anon. 0012 Beka
           
389 40389 La Reine De Saba anon. (Military Band) 0256 Beka
390   Waiting At The Church anon. 425  
           
 425   Minstrel Record anon. 390  
           
0615 40615 I'd Like to Spend My Holidays With You anon (= Will Terry) 0822 Beka
           
0711 40711 I'll Saw His See-Saw Down anon 1302 Beka
           
0718a 5031 Nicky March (from "Waltz Dream") anon 0256a  
           
0822 40822 Billy Whitlock's Wedding anon (Billy Whitlock) 0615 Beka
           
1120   Where Is My Wandering Boy To-Night?
We All Go The Same Way Home
     
           
1193 X-1193 Everybody Have A Good Old Time anonymous (vocal - sounds American) 0072 ARC ?
           
1203       0030  
           
1230 031230 The Chirpers anonymous (= American Odeon Orchestra) 0132 ARC
           
1252 031252 45 Minutes From Broadway anon (= Billy Murray )tenor)) 0120 ARC
1253 031253 Just A Little Rocking Chair And You anon (= Billy Murray )tenor)) 1393 ARC
           
1255 031255 Flanagan's Night Off anon (= Len Spencer & -- Holt (duet)) 0028 ARC
           
1259 031259 The Norseman anon 0293 ARC
           
1262 031262 Swedish Guard March anon. (= Regimental Band Of The Republic) 0081 ARC
           
1269 031269 Just Because She Had That WInning Way anon (comic, with orch) 0331 ARC
           
1280 031280 Auction Sale At a Toyshop anon (= Len Spencer & Alf Holt) 1294 ARC
           
1294 031294 Pals, Good Old Pals anon (= Byron C. Harlan) 1280 ARC
           
1302 031302 Mrs Hiram Offen Engaging Bridget O'Sullivan anon (= Steve Porter & Emma Fisher (duet)) 0711 ARC
           
1307 031307 Cocoanut Dance anon (= Regimental Band of the Republic) 0289 ARC
           
1385   In The Evening By The Moonlight anon (vocal) (announced as "In The Evening By The Moonlight, Dear Louise") 0004  
           
1393 031393 After They Gather The Hay anon (= Frank C. Stanley (baritone)) 1253 ARC
           
1419 031419 Home Sweet Home Sounds Good To Me anon (= Band & Xylophone) 5367 ARC
           
1430 031430 Jesu, Lover Of My Soul anon (= Mixed Voices Quartette) 5368 ARC
           
1434 031434 Bill Simmons ? (= Vess L. Ossman (banjo)   ARC
           
5367 5367 Feather Queen anon 1419  
5368 5368 Jesus Saviour Pilot Me anon 1430  
           
5372   St Louis Tickle banjo    
           
           

Now the Edison Bell sourced ones.

Cat No Matrix No Title Artist Source
         
511 2001
2276
Waldmere March
Dreams Of Ragtime
Imperial Military Band
Parisian Orchestra (= London Concert Orch.)
Bell 161
Bell 94
         
545 2123
2179
Call Me Back Again
Sally In Our Alley
Carlton Quartette
Tally Ho! Trio
Bell 32
Bell 48
         
548 2112
2316
On Strike
I'll Meet You One Dark Night
Harry Lester (= Harry Bluff)
Frank Barrett (= "F. Murray" (probably Harry Fay))
Bell 21
Bell 125
         
563 2427 Nigger's Birthday London Military Band (= King's Colonial Band) Bell 195
         
619 2409
2418
I've Got Rings On My Fingers
Flanagan
Frank Barrett (= Harry Fay)
Frank Barrett (= ?)
Bell 185
Bell 189
         
650 2265
2319
Because
When Other Lips
Arthur Cranborn (= Arthur Grover)
Frank Farren (= James Davis)
Bell 98
Bell 128
651        
652        
653        
654        
655 2230
The First Noel
Hail, Smiling Morn
Excelsior Quartette Bell 83
Bell
656        
657 2231 or  2234 The Toreador From Shoreditch Sam Mayo Bell 84
658        
659 2242
2279
Gounod's Serenade
Chanson Polonaise
Bohemian Orchestra
Victor Walters (violin) (= Victor Opferman)
Bell 85
Bell 107
         
670        
671        
672 2177
2273
Killarney
Auld Lang Syne
Tally Ho Trio
Donald Keen (= Tom Kinniburgh)
Bell 59
Bell 68
         

Now the purple label.:
Based on the few in this list, it would appear the catalogue numbers are in blocks based on the repertoire.
100- series : Band; 1000 series: instrumental (soloists); 2000 series: vocal; 3000 series Popular vocal & comedy.

Cat No Matrix No Title Artist Source
101        
102        
103 277
40386
Washington Post march
Belphegor, march
Band of the Garde Republicaine  
104        
105        
106        
107        
108        
109        
110        
111 035364
0289 / 5289
Valse from "The Beggar Student"
Pizzicato from "Sylvia"
Royal Marine Band ARC
112        
113 5031
5068
Nicki March (from "The Waltz Dream")
Valse (from "The Waltz Dream")
Royal Military Band  
114        
115 40719
40720
Harry Lauder Memories, parts 1 & 2 Royal Military Band  
116 5299
40389
Selections from "Carmen"
La Reine De Saba - overture
Royal Military Band  
117 0392 / 40392
0533 / 40533
Chorister's Waltz
Venus On Earth Waltz
Royal Military Band  
118        
119        
120 0644 The Merry Widow Valse Royal Military Band  
121        
122        
123 40796
40797
The Phantom Brigade
Turkish Patrol
The Band of the Irish Guards  
124        
125        
126        
127        
128        
129        
130        
131        
132 031230
5367
The Chirpers' Intermezzo
Feather Queen Intermezzo
The Star Orchestra (with announcement) ARC
133        
134        
135        
136 5355
41319
Intermezzo - Amaphelia
Overture La Cais
The Star Orchestra  
137        
138        
139        
140        
         
171 2740-35
2742-35
God Save Ireland
Irish Wedding
British Imperial Military Band Nicole
         
1206 2649
8313
Mary
Fantasia On Favourite Airs
Sergeant Leggett (cornet)
W. Draper (clarionette)
Nicole
         
1210   The Flight Of Ages
I'll Sing Thee Songs Of Araby
Sergeant legett (cornet) Nicole
         
2302 031248
5379
Starlight
That's When You'll Miss Me, Little Girl
Henry Burr (tenor) (= Byron G. Harlan !)
Burr & Harlan
ARC
         
2311 031059
031273
When The Bees Are In The Hive
You Don't Seem Like The Girl I Used To Know
Byron G. Harlan (tenor) ARC
         
2330 1121 All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name Harry Thornton (baritone)  
         
2342   Just For Tonight Byron G. Harlan & Frank C. Stanley  
2343 41066
031426
Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares
Stars And Stripes And You
Stanley Kirkby (baritone)
C. Gordon (baritone)
Beka
ARC
  A copy of the issue below is labelled as the first entry but plays the second one. It is not known if all copies are like this.
2344 2021-M
3005
Bedouin Love Song
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
Peter Dawson (bass) Nicole
2344 2021-M
1554-40-19
Bedouin Love Song
The Vicar Of Bray
Peter Dawson (bass)
Frank Arthur (bass)
Nicole
         
2354 2703-37
3707-37
Violets
The Girl Of My Heart
Edgar Coyle (baritone) Nicole
         
         
3616 5335
41024
Take Your Girlie Where The Band Is Playing
Fall In and Follow Me
Jack Charman  
3617 5327
40710
Follow The Tramlines
Tax The Bachelors
Jack Charman
Pete Brown

Beka
3618 0301269 [sic]
031422
Just Because She Had That Winning Way
Put A Little Bit Away For a Rainy Day
Arthur Collins ARC
         
3625 0028
1251
Little Black Cupid In The Moon
Alice, Where Art Thou Going?
G.W. Johnson (= Jack Charman)
G.W. Johnson (= ?)

ARC ?
         
3631 5189
031294
The Whistling Bowery Boy
Pals, Good Pals
Harry Tally
Harry Tally (= Byron G. Harlan)

ARC
         
3669 1623
1637
Hitchy Koo
Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
Ragtime Sam [actually duets]