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British 78rpm record
labels whose name begins with F.
Using the letter links below you can see pages for other letters.
Unless otherwise noted, all research and images are my own, but as you will see, many other people have helped, especially with the label catalogue listings.
All images are thumbnails, so clicking on them will display a full-sized image. Where the label name is a link, clicking it will take you to a new page with more information and, in most cases, an attempt to list all issues on that label.
Page last updated on: December 20, 2017
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|Fairy||There were two distinct labels using this name, but both were 5½" in size. One was an Edison Bell product, like "Bell" (see first label image) and the other a Vocalion product, like "Little Marvel" (see second label image). They are both rare labels and, as you'd expect, all of the material on these records are Nursery Rhymes, or music considered to be appropriate for young children.||
|Famous||One of the many record labels made
for J. Blum & Co of 220 Old Street, London, Famous records were
initally pressed in Germany, later, with WWI intervening, pressed by The
Disc Record Co of Harrow. The label was only in existence from about
1912 to 1914 and is not easily found. Later issued apparently had purple
|Favorite||A major record manufacturer in the early
years, the German-based Favorite record company began exporting to
England in 1908. From WWI they were pressed at the Mead Works in
Hertfordshire until about 1920 using a variety of different matrix
sources. Many Favorites have no catalogue numbers, just
The CLPGS have published a full history of Favorite records as part of their "Reference Series" booklets. The Favorite booklet includes a CD which contains a full listing of all known Favorite issues.
|Felsted||Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label images.||
|Fennica||Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.|
|Festival||A pre-WWI disc pressed in Germany
for the British market, using Globophone masters. The design is
identical to Globophone, but just with a different background colour.
|Festival Record Club||
Dating from 1951, these don't appear to be produced by a record club in
the usual sense (i.e. a subscription-based product) but were produced as a
celebration of the 3rd
World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace which was held in East
Berlin in August 1951. Two records are known:
Thanks to Dave Mason for the label image and all the information about the known records and the background details.
|Fetherflex||One of the many eccentric products
associated with Noel Pemberton-Billing, Fetherflex records were
lightweight and unbreakable, make of a similar material to the later
Duophone unbreakables. Fetherflex date from the early 1920s and were
very short-lived and are very rare nowadays.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.
|Filmophone||The quest for unbreakable records (see above) continued with Filmophone. The problem is they went too far, they were too flexible! They certainly could be rolled up into a tube. Trouble is, they tend to do it of their own accord, making many completely unplayable. Those that are flat do play very well. Many were original recordings by some excellent British musicians. American masters were provided by QRS and Banner (the latter mainly dubbed).|
|Flag||Another of the many cheap pre-WWI
records produced by Beka of Germany for the British market, probably
dating to about 1912. There were
about 500 issues, with catalogue numbers matching Beka-Grand records.
This famous Italian record company started exporting records for sale in
Britain in November 1905. The records were 10½" in diameter and double
sided. I believe that other sizes such as 12", 7½" and even 13¾"
(the latter single sided) were also available, the records being pressed
at the Odeon factory in Germany, though I don't know if any or all of
these other sizes were sold in Britiain.
In April 1906, a British company, Fonotipia Ltd, London, was registered. Later in 1906, some Fonotipia records sold in Britiain were manufactured by Crystalate in Tonbridge, Kent, though I don't know how long this continued for. None of the Fonotipia records I have seen, (which isn't many, to be honest) have English titling and neither have I seen any which are of British Manufacture. Any images of British Fonotipia records would be gratefully received!
Dating from the 1950s, Fontana records were a
product of Philips Electrical Ltd.
My thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing this label image.
|Fortune||The Regent Fittings company of 120, Old
Street, London sold these discs during WWI.
They were manufactured in England by Crystalate.
My thanks to Norman Field for providing this label scan.
|Four-in-One (4 in 1)||4 in 1 (a British Homophone product) was a genuine attempt to give more value for money. The records do have 4 full-length tunes on every record, each side playing for at least 6 minutes (some are longer!). The groove is fine and the quality is not bad considering the technical limitations. Each is a master recording and not dubbed from an existing "normal" 10" record. All matrices are English, and mainly dance bands. The catalogue ran from 1 to about 90 and all date from 1932-34.|
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