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A 5", later 6", disc produced by Crystalate to compete with the two "Fairy" labels used by Edison Bell and Vocalion, "Nursery Rhymes" issued just that during a short life in the 1920s. There were no catalogue numbers as such, each disc was identified by a letter (the one shown here is "D"). Whether a full 26 discs (or more?) were issued, I don't know.
The highest 5" record reported is "L", but the highest 6" so far found is "R". Note that record sizes are approximate.
The 6" ones often re-used the old 5" masters, noticable with a large blank area at the rim, but some, at least were re-recorded as 6" masters. 
At present I don't know how many of each size were issued. 

The same name and label design was used for some 7" discs, again with alphabetic "catalogue numbers". These duplicate the 7" Victory series and will be found on the Victory 7" page.

 

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 additional information:
Arthur Badrock, Graham Farnell, Jolyon Hudson, Kenny MacMillan,
Adam Miller, Ann Peters, Richard Prout, Janene Theol

Page last updated on: March 26, 2023

Firstly the 5" records:

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Rec. Date
A W-452
W-453
Ding Dong Dell
Three Blind Mice
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe)
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay)
June 18, 1924
B W-486
W-487
Where Are You Going To, My Pretty Maid ?
Little Bo-Peep
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
C W-488
W-489
Polly, Put The Kettle On
Girls And Boys Come Out To Play
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
D W-490
W-491
Jack & Jill
Pussy Cat - Pussy Cat
Uncle Joe (with orch accmp) (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
E W-492
W-493
Old King Cole
George Porgie
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
F W-494
W-495
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Three Little Kittens
Uncle Joe (with orch accmp)  (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
G W-653
W-690
Hey Diddle Diddle
Uncle Sam And The Ten Little Nigger Boys (Nursery Stories)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
anon. (= Charles Penrose, with piano accmp)
Sep 8, 1925
Jan 7, 1926
H W-616
W-654
Peter Rabbit At Wembley
Humpty Dumpty
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Sept 8, 1925
I W-617
W-655
Nursey Nonsense
Little Boy Blue
Uncle Sambo (with piano accmp) (= Billy Whitlock)
Uncle Joe (with instl accmp) (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Sep 8, 1925
J W-618
W-656
The Toy Soldiers
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock?)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Sep 8, 1925
K W-619
W-657
Country Life (Nursery Stories)
Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake (Nursery Stories)
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock?)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Sep 8, 1925
L W-620
W-658
Nursery Laughs (Nursery Stories)
Little Miss Muffett
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock?)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Sep 8, 1925
M        
N        
O        
P        
Q        
R        
S        
T        
U        
V        
W        
X        
Y        
Z        

Now the 6" series.

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Rec. Date
A W-452
W-453
Ding Dong Dell
Three Blind Mice
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe)
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay)
June 18, 1924
B W-486
W-487
Where Are You Going To, My Pretty Maid ?
Little Bo-Peep
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) July 31, 1924
C W-488
E-119
Polly, Put The Kettle On
Girls And Boys Come Out To Play
Uncle Joe (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 31, 1924
Dec 13, 1925
D E-122
W-491
Jack & Jill
Pussy Cat - Pussy Cat
Uncle Joe (with orch accmp) (= Robert Howe & Harry Fay) Dec 13, 1925
July 31, 1924
E E-121 Old King Cole Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay) Dec 13, 1925
F        
G W-653
W-690
Hey Diddle Diddle
Uncle Sam And The Ten Little Nigger Boys (Nursery Stories)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
anon. (= Charles Penrose, with piano accmp)
Sep 8, 1925
Jan 7, 1926
H W-691
E-102
The Giant's Castle (Nursery Stories)
Humpty Dumpty
Uncle Sam (= Charles Penrose)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
Jan 7, 1926
Sept 8, 1925
I        
J W-618
E-106
The Toy Soldiers
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock?)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Nov 27, 1925
K W-619
E- 105 
Country Life (Nursery Stories)
Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake (Nursery Stories)
Uncle Sambo (= Billy Whitlock?)
Uncle Joe (= Harry Fay)
July 29, 1925
Nov 11, 1925
L        
M        
N E-102
E-104
Humpty Dumpty
Hey Diddle Diddle
Uncle Bill (= Harry Fay) Nov 11, 1925
O        
P        
Q        
R E-120
E-121
George Porgie
Old King Cole
Uncle Bill (= Harry Fay) Dec 13, 1925
S        
T        
U        
V        
W        
X        
Y        
Z