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EDISON BELL

Edison Bell. J.E.Hough Ltd, Peckham, London.

The first Edison Bell recordings were on cylinders.  The discs appeared in September 1909, manufactured by J.E.Hough Ltd, of Peckham, London. According to Rust [R], they were 10½ inch, numbered from 1 to 490 when the label ended in November 1912. Note however the green label, catalog number 1154. Perhaps I have interpreted something incorrectly. 

Just a note on Edison himself with respect to his choice of music - as noted by Sutton [S]. ‘Edison's musical andd personal prejudices are well-documented; performers he disliked ran the gamut from Al Jolson to Enrico Caruso, and he often withheld release of popular songs for months or even years. His tight control over artists and repertoire produced a lackluster catalog holding limited appeal for the average record buyer.'

L014 sc4 EDISON BELL VF RECORD   J.E.Hough 
Ltd..  London & Huntington Ltd. Edison Bell Works.
1154 (9017).  ARISE, O SUN    (E.Locktes & M.C.Day). 
John Lovering. Song with piano accompaniment.
1154 (9018).  BECAUSE  Teschemacher & d'Hardelot)  Ibid. 

Note: The two red labels are very similar except for place of manufacture name. 
L144 c3+ EDISON BELL WINNER RECORD 
J.E.Hough Ltd. Edison Bell Works, London & 
Huntingdon.
3886 (7935).  THREE O'CLOCK IN THE 
MORNING  (Julian Robledo).  Ferara and Franchini. 
3886 (7936).  MAHINA MALAMALAMA   Ibid. Guitar 
Duet..

L064 sc3 EDISON BELL WINNER RECORD 
Edison Bell Limited, London and Huntingdon.
4460 (10159).  ROUND HE CAME  (W.Hargreaves). 
Stanley Kirkby.
4460 (10158).  OH, CHARLEY, TAKE IT AWAY 
(Hedges, Malcolm, Clerq)          Stanley Kirkby
In July 1912, the Edison Bell ‘Winner' label came on the market, starting with a catalog number of 2000. The label remained as a ‘quality product at low price' till January 1935. The British Decca Record Company had bought Edison Bell early 1933, and gradually phased out the Winner label; the last catalog number was 5692. 

Decca continued the ‘Winner' label briefly from November of 1933, catalog number W-1, but after just a few hundred issues, was discontinued in January 1935. The label was devoted mainly to dance music and vocals, coming from the Amercian Vocalion label. 

Before January 1922, all Winner records were recorded in London. An agreement between J.E.Hough Ltd and Starr Piano Company of Richmond, Indiana, makers of Gennett records, resulted in the Gennett collection being issued on Winner. From 1924, J.E.Hough extended is conatcts to include further American releases - from Emerson, Paramount, Autograph. There is little jazz on the Winner label as Hough ‘ had little time for postward trends towards jazz'... rom Rust [R]. 

Note: The label L166, with catalog number prefix W, indicates that it was produced by British Decca as a new series in November 1933, after having bought out Edison Bell that year. And according to Rust [R] matrix list, L142 was recorded in 1932 (prior to the Decca takeover). 

L142 c3+  EDISON BELL WINNER   British Manufacture.
5583 (14576).  LINKE-WINKE Part 1.  The Commodore Grand Orchestra. Conductor: Jos. Musscant.
5583 (14577).  LINKE-WINKE Part 2.    Ibid.

L166 c3 EDISON BELL WINNER   Made in England
W108 (B14615) ORCHIDS IN THE MOONLIGHT 
(Kahn, Eliscu, Youmans).  From, ‘Flying Down to Rio'.  Nye Mathew and 
His Orchestra.
W108 (B14616) CARIOCA (Kahn, Eliscu, Youmans)  Ibid.
 

 


U8-05 sc3 EDISON BELL RADIO British Manufacture.
1300 (89633).  BUNKEY-DOODLE-I-DOH. Henry Hudson and his Melody Men. Comedy 6/8 with Vocal Chorus.
1300 (89634).  MAGGIE'S COLD. Ibid. [With original sleeve].
Eight-inch record. 
The WINNER label.
I believe the labels were released in the order as shown above, although the catalog numbers make it a bit confusing. The first racehorse ‘Winner' was produced in 1909, the start of the 2000 series.  Catalog 4080 above appears to have been released, according to Rust [R], in 1914/15; however, we have Catalog 2235 with the colourful winning post image, listed for release in 1909 also. The next label, catalog 2966, is listed for release late 1911. Note the disstinctive changes in the two images - the jocket, first holding one record, then two, and the man at the winnning post, initially formally dressed. 
CHILDRENS RECORDS.
These are both six-inch records.
Made at Edison Bell Works, London.

U6-13 THE BELL Rings Out Loud and Clear
Made at Edison Bell Works, London.
288 (237).  THERE'S LIFE IN THE OLD DOG YET.  Patter Song.
288 238).  THE LAUGHING JAZZ DRUMMER.  Laughing song. [Record is 5 3/8th diameter.]

U6-14 THE BELL Rings Out Loud and Clear.
Manufactured by J.F. Hough Edison Bell Works, London. 
270 (205).  HA! HA! HA!  Laughing song.
270 (204).  A JOLLY OLD MAN.  Laughing Song. [Record is 5 3/8th diameter.]

 
EDISON VELVET-FACE.

Field [F] provides some indication as to this labe, showing two on his internet site. He states that they are.... ‘An Edison Bell product with a better quality material. They must have been more expensive, to.' Field notes that ‘There are green and also velvetlabel Velvet Face records ..... and red'. I show all three.  Field suggests that the reason for the many colours is that the labels were produced in small quanity over a long period of time. He suggests that the Velvet-Face label must have started around 1912.  They ceased production in 1929.

L167 c3  VF VELVET FACE EDISON BELL 
Manufacturers J.E.Hough Ltd. Edison Bell Works, London.
1013 ).  SPRING SONG (Mendelssohn).  
The Schumann Quartette.
1013).  LO, HERE THE GENTLE LARK (Bishop)  Ibid. [With original VF sleeve.]


 

L12-038 VELVET VF RECORD. Manufactured by 
J.E.Hough Ltd. Edison Bell Works, London.
British Throughout. Edison Bell.  Gold lettering on red.

L12-039 VELVET VF RECORD.  
Manufactured by J.E.Hough Ltd. Edison Bell Works, London.
British Throughout. Edison Bell. Gold lettering on green.