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D&R
An early American label (the name stands for 'Double and Reversible' as most discs were still single-sided) with most masters originating from Columbia (more to come)

1033A: US popular series 10" 1910
(reissue of 1901 recordings)
DECCA
Decca originated in the UK, the name first applying to a range of gramophones made by Barnett Samuel, and the label was launched in 1929 by Sir Edward Lewis. The US company followed soon after, and the two retained links, though legally separate after Lewis sold the US company to Jack Kapp. US Decca masters were licensed to UK Decca and appeared usually on Brunswick in the UK; however Briitish Decca opened its own branch, London Records, in the USA in the 1940s after being licensed to US Decca and other labels. (This very brief outline does no justice to the convoluted history, ownership and licensing deals of the label..

010D: USA popular series 10" 1935





010A: UK popular (F) series 10" 1931
010B: UK popular (F) series 10" 1956

DIPLOMA
This UK label was issued pre-1914 by Blum & Co. using primarily German masters


740A: Main 'A' series 10" 1911

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