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British 78rpm record labels whose name begins with T. 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: April 06, 2018

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Label Label Description Images
Tabansi Dating to post-WWII (I would guess), this was made by EMI for export to Nigeria.
Thanks to Richard Prout for the label image.
Tailgate A post-WWII label produced by the Sheffield Jazz Club devoted to British Trad. Jazz bands. Tailgate records first appeared in late 1949, pressed in vinyl and were available from the club at 159, Alnwick Road, Sheffield and also from the International Book Club of London. They cost 5/9 for 10" and 7/- for 12" records.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Talent Another post-WWII Sheffield jazz label, again making its appearance in late 1949. Talent records cost 7/6 and were available from L. Corbridge at 19, Vauxhall Road, Sheffield 9 and also from the London Jazz Club.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Teledisk Teledisk  were custom record makers, offering to record you for a small sum, for which you would receive a small number of the recordings, double-sided and pressed on standard shellac. To be honest, the quality of the recording and pressing varied considerably and some are really dreadful. The labels were either blue or red (as picture here) depending usually on the type of fare being offered. The records date from 1934-35 and are, as you'd expect, extremely rare. The company was at Crewdson Road, London SW9.
Telefunken Telefunken records first appeared in  the early 1930s, I believe, and were a German-only product as you could guess by the name. They do turn up occasionally in Britian, so perhaps there was an agency importing them. The example here is from the post-WWII period, probably the 1950's and is British made, most likely by Decca, who manufactured Telefunken LPs at that period.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Tempo Tempo records first appeared in Setpenber 1946 and issued both new Jazz recordings and also vintage transfers. The new recordings had a A- prefixed catalogue and the reissues an R- catalogue (both series starting logically at 1). They were distributed by the Tempo Record Society of 9, Piccadilly Arcade, London and available from specialist dealers and jazz clubs. The initial issue of A-1 to A-44 cost 9/6, but subsequent issues in both series were 7/6.
Times The first three label styles shown here, are all from Manchester and are likely to be the product of the same company. They appear to all date from the early 1950s.

The fourth image is probably from another company, about which nothing is known.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label images.

Tip Top This was a paste-over label of 1919 vintage which was an attempt to sell off old stock of Winner records.
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Tivoli A very anonymous looking label which gives no clue as to the manufacturer or the proprietor.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Top Rank

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Tower Dating from the early 1920s, Tower records was a Vocalion product, often using old masters  previous issued on Vocalion or one of their other subsidiary labels. Masters also came from Gennett (in America) and the catalogue number was in a 100-series (for 10") and 2000-series for 12".

Label listing: The late Arthur Badrock's listing of this label is available from the CLPGS. (Reference Series No. RS 29)


This was the record part of a talking book, the book part reproducing the text of Oscar Wilde’s story “The Happy Prince”. The trade distributors for the talking books were Horace Marshall & Son Ltd., Temple House, Temple Avenue, London, E.C.4. The book part was produced in France by Le Livre Universal and was printed by Imprimerie Crété. A French “depot legal” (deposit for copyrighting purposes) date of the third quarter of 1948 is given which gives a rough date for the records. You will find an entry for Nicholas Sandor, a Hungarian engineer and inventor, under www.gracesguide.co.uk but this doesn’t shed any light on his connection with talking books. He was an inventor and patented quite a number of his inventions and the title page of the book states “Patent applied for” but it is difficult to see just what was novel and hence patentable about a talking book. The record has matrix numbers 0EB7-3 for Part 1 and 0EB8–3 for Part 2 and was produced by The Gramophone Co. I know of one other record in the same series, SS.3  (matrix numbers 0EB27-1 and 0EB28-1) , which was The Magic Wood, story and music by Harry Phillips, so there should have been an SS.2 as well and possibly other issues after SS.3.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image, and to Dave Mason for providing the information about the label.

Trek Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Triumph On of the many pre-WWI budget labels pressed in Germany, the first Triumph records were issued using a 20000-series catalogue using Invicta masters. The 20,000-series catalogue number matched the Invicta one, but 20,000 higher. Hence Triumph 20342 (see first scan here) is the same as Invicta 342. It is not known if all Invictas were also pressed up as Triumphs; Invictas are quite rare, but Triumphs are very much more so; only a few have been reported.

Following the outbreak of war, Triumph was relaunched but made in England by the Disc Record Company using masters they had available to them, and with a 400-series catalogue number. This was very short-lived, only surviving until the end of 1914.

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

Trusound One of the earliest flexible picture discs, Trusound date from the early 1930s and are scarce today, and even when they turn up, they are often unplayable.  The recordings are a mixture of continental masters and those recorded by Trusound themselves.
The Trusound recording studio was in a former church at 72a Carlton Hill, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 and up until Trusound took it on in 1933, it had been the Parlophone recording studio. The manager during Trusound's ownershop, was a Mr. Francis, who had been a deputy of the Parlophone manager, Oscar Preuss. Trusound records cost 1/6. There seem to be about 50 different records, but in various catalogue series such as T-1, A-600, A-1000 and B-500-.
Turmaphon Turmaphon records were manufactured by the Turmalin factory in Germany and the examples shown here were specifically produced for export to Britain. The few seen all have a U-series catalogue number, though a couple have differnt numbers on each side, just to make things difficult for 21st century discographers! All the issues shown here seem to be using previously-recorded masters from the defunct Bel Canto company.
Thanks to Michael Gunrem for the label scan.
Twin When the Gramophone Company decided to embark on producing double-sided records in 1908, rather than risk their reputation on producing double-sided HMV records, they decided to launch a new label called "Twin". Casting 2/6, the records used existing single-sided Zonophone masters to start with, until, in 1911, with the catalogue reaching about 600 (having started from 1), the two were combined and the double-sided Zonophone-Twin label became the Gramophone company's secondary label. Any which then remained in the catalogue were re-pressed with Zonophone labels.

Label listing: the CLPGS have produced a full listing of the Twin & Zonophone label.

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