A SURVEY OF RECORD LABELS

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JOHN BULL
The John Bull label was a 'tallyman' operation (sold door-to-door rather like a certain cosmetic brand) - the customer contracted to buy a minimum number of discs per year, and were loaned a phonograph which became their property once the buying commitment had been reached.- and its history is massively complicated. Originated in Germany for the British market, it eventually becaome part of the Lindström group.

216A: H series, 10" c.1911

JUMBO
This label was introduced in Germany in 1907 as a budget line of the Carl Lindström group using masters from Beka, Odeon, Favorite, Fonotipia and so on. It arrived in the UK in 1908, and this continued during/after the war when the British branch became independent until 1919 when it was renamed 'Venus' . In Germany it was replaced by blue-label Odeon.


206B: UK A series, blue label, 10" 1908

 

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