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One of the many short-lived pre-WWI labels available in Britain, Pelican records, costing 1/1, later 1/-, were first produced in 1913, lasting until early 1914. These were produced as an attempt to match the budget-priced Cinch and Pheonix records sold by The Grasmophone Company and Columbia, which themselves had been produced ina  response to cheap German-made records being sold at 1/6.
The records were made abroad and in Britain (see the two slight label differences) for the Universal record Syndicate and later for J. Blum & Co and the masters were drawn from, among others, Jumbo, Kalliope & Edison Bell. The catalogue numbers used a P-1 series.

Oddly, despite the name of the label, the obvious trade-mark of the bird, though shown in adverts for the records, never appeared on the label.



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 extra information: Frank Andrews, Paul Buck, Peter Churcher, Bill Deam-Myatt, Graham Farnell, Norman Field, Richard Prout,

This page last updated on: April 05, 2018

Cat No. Matrix No. Title Artists Notes
P 1       ?
P 2 1836
1837
Faust - selection parts 1 & 2 Royal Guards Band  
P 3        
P 4 1646
1883
Grizzly Bear
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Royal Guards Band  
P 5        
P 6 1617
1618
Manhattan Beach
Washington Post, march
Royal Guards Band  
P 7        
P 8        
P 9        
P 10 1646
1648
Grizzly Bear
The Gaby Glide
Royal Guards Band  
P 11 1816
1835
Old Comrades, march
Light Cavalry
Royal Guards Band  
P 12        
P 13 1649
1808
Gipsy Love, Waltz
Gold And Silver, waltz
Royal Guards Band  
P 14        
P 15        
P 16 1647 / 2020
2021
The Wedding Glide
That Mysterious Rag
Royal Guards Band  
P 17 1883
2032
The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Ragtime Violin
The Royal Guards Band 1
P 18 030810 / 5372
031434
St Louis Tickle
Bill Simmons
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) US recording from ARC
P 19 E-1786
E-1787
Queen Of The Burlesque
Camptown Carnival
Olly Oakley (banjo)  
P 20 2566 / 1466-40
2753 / 41153
The Bohemian - selection
A Hornpipe
Percy Honri (concertina) (actually British Imperial Military Band)
Percy Honri (concertina)
Nicole
Beka
P 21   Silver Bells
Le Centaur
Charles Lenten (bells) (= Charles I. Lent)
C. Penner (xylophone)
Nicole
P 22 030810
030814
St Louis Rag
Any Rag
Vess L. Ossman (banjo)  
P 23 1151
1153
Gladiator's Farewell
Under Freedom's Flag
Steve Bartle (concertina)  
P 24 1977
2653
The Flight Of Ages
I'll Sing Thee Songs Of Araby
Sergeant Charles Leggett (cornet) 2
P 25 1907
1912
Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark
I Hear You Calling Me
The Schumann Quartette  
P 26 031254
031277
Bright Eyes / My Irish Molly-O
A Gay Gossoon
Vess L. Ossman (banjo)  
P 27   Queen Of The Earth
The Trumpeter
Sergeant Charles Leggett (cornet)  
P 28 1910
1911
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Ave Maris (Gounod)
Schumann Quartette (flute, violin, viola, harp)  
P 29        
P 30        
P 31 2482 or 2472
2483
Il Bacio
Carmena
Charles Capper & Albert Whelan (whistling duet)  
P 32 2168 / 2021
3005 / 2021
The Bedouin's Love Song
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
Peter Dawson (bass)  
P 33 2320
2661
The Pride Of The Earth
Loch Lomond
Peter Dawson (bass)  
P 34 1554
2440
The Vicar Of Bray
At The Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea
Frank Arthur (bass)
Peter Dawson (bass)
 
P 35 2023
2433
The Pipes Of Pan (Elgar)
Unless
Peter Dawson (bass)  
P 36 2662
40715
Somebody's Sailor Boy
Eileen Allannah
Peter Dawson (bass)  
P 37        
P 38        
P 39        
P 40 40462
41140
Come Into The Garden, Maud
The Song That Reached My Heart
Philip Ritte (tenor)  
P 41        
P 42        
P 43        
P 44 1889
1891
Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep
Out On The Deep
Mr. T.F. Kinniburgh  
P 45        
P 46 1857
1862
The Magic Of Your Voice
When All Was Young
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
P 47        
P 48        
P 49 1632
1633
Tustin's Goodbye (Tosti)
Annie Laurie
Zara Deane  
P 50        
P 51 1119
1123
Sun Of My Soul
How Firm A Foundation
Percy Jerome  
P 52        
P 53        
P 54 Lxo-632
Lxo-636
Tickle Me, Timothy
Put A Bit Of Powder On It, Father
Billy Williams  
P 55 Lxo-639 / 1668
1669
Lxo-1478
Jean From Aberdeen
My Girl From London Town
My Girl From Glasgie Toon
Billy Williams  
P 56 1946-t or 1670
1947-t or 1665
I Must Go Home To-Night
The Old Grey Coat
Billy Williams  
P 57 Lxo-640 or 1949-t
Lxo-641 or 1948-t
I'll Meet You One Dark Night
Save A Little One For Me
Billy Williams  
P 57 41067
41068
The Old Rustic Bridge By the Mill
The Vacant Chair
Stanley Kirkby (baritone)  
P 58        
P 59 41059
H24 BC
Ginger, You're Barmy
Let's Have A Basin Of Soup
Harry Champion (comedian)  
P 60        
P 61        
P 62 031080 /1080
031272 / 1272 / 655
Take A Car
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Collins And Harlan US recording from ARC
P 63        
P 64 031391
031419
Peaches And Cream
The Golden Wedding
Ada Jones & Len Spencer US recording from ARC
P 65        
P 66 1623
1624
Hitchy Koo
The Ragtime Goblin Man
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 67 1641
1642
The Burglar Rag
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 68 1636
1637
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Waiting Fore The Robert E. Lee
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 69 1622
1625
There's a Girl In Havana
Ragging The Baby To Sleep
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 70 1644
1659
Way Down South
Down In Dear Old New Orleans
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 71 1642
1660
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Wedding Glide
The Ragtime Knuts
Jack Charman
 
P 72        
P 73 1795
1846
When I Get You Alone To-Night
Those Ever Loving. Wonderful Beautiful Eyes
Jack Charman
Harry Cove
 
P 74 1851
1854
Ring Out Those Bells
That Mellow Melody
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 75 1644
1858
Way Down South
Hello, Little Miss U.S.A.
The Ragtime Knuts
Harry Cove (comic)
 
P 76 1863
2046
Goodnight, Mr. Moon
On The Mississippi
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 77 1900
1901
Roaming In The Gloaming
The Message Boy
Sandy McGregor (= Vernon Watson)  
P 78        
P 79        
P 80        
P 81 1888
1895
Up From The Country
She Makes Me Walk In Ragtime
Ben Lawes  
P 82 1850
1867
My Boy
Have You Seen Our John?
Harry Cove (comic)  
P 83   On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
My Heart Has Learned To Love
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 84        
P 85 2451
2452
Take Me In Your Arms And Say You Love Me
When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 86 2046
2467
On The Mississippi
Snooky Ookums
The Ragtime Knuts
Jack Charman
 
P 87 2446
2447
The Ragtime Huntsman
 
Ben Albert  
P 88 2475
2476
You're My Baby
Ragtime Eyes
Will Thompson
Harry Cove
 
P 89 2045
2469
The Ragtime Curate
That Raggedy Rag
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 90   Christmas In Camp, parts 1 & 2 Triumph Concert Party  
P 91 2542
2543
The Departure Of The Troupship
The Wreck Of The Troupship
Military Band  
P 92        
P 93        
P 94 2046
2472
On The Mississippi
You Made Me Love You
The Two Quids
Jack Charman
 
P 95 2048
2472
It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary
You Made Me Love You
Jack Charman  
P 96        
P 97        
P 98        
P 99 2499
2527
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Holy, Holy, Holy
Tom Kinniburgh (bass)
Robert Carr (baritone)
 
P 100        
P 101 2458
2459
The Children's Home
Softly Awakes My Heart
Jack Glover (cornet)  
P 102        
P 103        
P 104        
P 105 2043
2048
Dance Your Troubles Away
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Jack Charman  
P 106 2101
2103
Meet Me To-Night On The Grand Promenade
I'm A Middy In The King's Navee
Will Thompson  
P 107        
P 108 2547
2548
A Christmas Party, parts 1 & 2 Jack Charman & Company  
P 109 2552
2553
Some Boy
Nursery Rhymes In Ragtime
Jack Charman  
P 110        
P 111 2564
2567
Because I Loved You So
Good-Bye Summer, So Long Fall, Hello Wintertime
Jack Charman  
P 112 2566
2568
Take Me In A Taxi, Joe
You Didn't Want To, But You Did
Harry Cove 1 (Bestone sticker)
P 113        
P 114 2563
2572
International Rag
On The First Dark Night Next Week
Harry Cove
Jack Charman