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One of the many labels produced for J. Blum & Co; these Diamond records used Kalliope masters, which were also used by Pioneer, Stella, Victory etc. This particular Diamond label is very scarce.

Then there was  a 10" vertical cut disc produced by Pathe from 1915 for the Diamond Disc Record Company Ltd of 81 City Road London. Like Pathe records of the period, it initially had no paper label, but the details were etched in light blue in the label area (see 2nd image). Unlike Pathes it was an "ouside start" record. They were cheap at 1/6 each. In 1916, Pathe took over completely and for the next few years the record had paper labels until it's demise in about 1918.
There may well be a third label, dating to the pre-1920 period, but only a sketch for the design has ever been seen.

For a full listing of the Pathe-style label (see 2nd & 3rd images), the CLPGS has published a full listing of Pathe, Actuelle and DIamond labels in book form.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photos.

 
"Blum" label

This is a first attempt at a listing. Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series.

My thanks to the following for providing the information for this page: Frank Andrews, Norman Field, Chas. Hippisley-Cox, Mike Langridge, Bob Lilley, Adam Miller

Page last updated on: June 30, 2023

This first tabel refers to the "Blulm" label (see first image above): The "Pathe" type Diamond record has ben published by the CLPGS in book form and is still available from them.

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists
1      
       
116 1783
1827
Vals Nydia
Un Peu D'Amour
Duke Of Wellington's Own
       
153 1893 Love's Old Sweet Song Alan Turner (vocal)
       
158 2066
 
I Know A Lovely Garden
A Song Of Sleep
Jessie Broughton (contralto)
       
162 2071 Excelsior, part 1 Carr & Richards
       
182 1623
1624
Hitchy Koo
The Ragtime Goblin Man
The Two Quids
       
189 1851 Ring Out Those Bells The Two Quids
       
206 B 1
B 2
The Blind Boy
?
G.H. Chirgwin [possibly using Edison Bell masters]
       
216 2485
2486
Because
Thora
Gwilym Richards
       
221 2526
2535
There's One In A Million Like You
My Heart Has Learned To Love You
Robert Carr (baritone)
       
253 2582
2583
La Rumba (tango Argentine)
Venus (tango Argentine)
L'Orchestre Militaire
       
257 246yy
2475
Melinda's Wedding Day
You're My Baby
The Two Quids
Will Thompson