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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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Label Label Description Images
Fairy There were two distinct labels using this name, but both were 5" 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 labels.
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 single-sided-type numbering. 
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:
Cat No Matrix numbers Titles Artists
TW-001 02125
Part 1 - The Journey, part 1: "In August", "The Relay Song", "The Berlin Train"
Part 2 - The Journey, part 2: "Ballad of Innsbruck", "Pipe March", "Sports March"
London Youth Choir
London Pipe Band Stella Claydon
TW-002 02127
Part 3 - In Berlin, part 1: "Festival Calypso"; "Bau Auf"
Part 4 - In Berlin, part 2: "Put my name down", "Freedom's song"
Leon Fung & London Youth Choir
Choir and A London Audience

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.
Fonotipia This famous Italian record company started exporting records for sale in Britain in November 1905. The records were 10" in diameter and double sided.  I believe that other sizes such as 12", 7" and even 13" (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!
Fontana 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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