Made in England.
Masters: American recordings came from Vocalion, occasionally from Gennett. British masters came from Aco. From 1927 Edison Bell took over production, and master's were sourced from Banner.
Label varieties: Rust [R] states that the girl with the "curiously euphonic" face, which put to shame my wonderful wife's hair when I first met her, remained with the label throughout several label designs, however this does not appear to be so; Field [F] illustrates ten examples of the Beltona label with only one of ‘the girl'. The top label here is one that neither Rust nor Field lists. Field indicates that the first Beltona label was blue; Rust indicates that the first hundred issues or so were printed in red and black.
the girl image as follows: The image of the drowning girl's face, with
her hair flooding out around her, is a theme that occupied much of ‘Decadent'
fine art from the early 1900s to the late 1920s. An obsession with innocence,
physical beauty, sexual eroticism and occult spirituality led artists of
the movement to represent their pale heroines in various stages of depression
and fgrief in neglected and dying gardens, or drifting slowly and elegantly
downstream among swans and lillies. It was, in fcat, a morbid celebration
of the cult of death. Loosened hair symbolized a return to primitive abandon;
colour were muted, misty and mystical. [S]
Artists: All the dance records were issued under pseudononyms and so were most of the vocal items. Many Scottish artists and tunes were released when Edison Bell took over. To look out for: Several Fletcher Henderson titles, one by the ‘Mount City Blue Blowers' , the ‘Califonian Ramblers'. Some bands were simply described as ‘American Dance Orchestra'.
Records in collection:
L050 sc3 BELTONA
Made in England
L125 c5 BELTONA
Made in England