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This was one of the many pre-WWI records produced by Beka of Germany for the British market, probably dating to about 1912. There were about 500 issues, with catalogue numbers matching Beka Grand records, and available in both 10" (see image) and 12" sizes, the latter bearing lilac and gold labels. The 12" catalogue numbers matched those of Beka Meister records.

The Flag records don't seem to have been advertised in the trade journals, and it is quite likely it was a "tallyman" record, sold door-to-door under a contract to purchase a fixed number of records over a fixed period (and receive a 'free' gramophone on loan). This would fit with the British patriotic style of other known tallyman labels such as Britannic and John Bull. The Beka Record Co had withdrawn from providing John Bull records in the summer of 1911, so maybe The Flag Records dates from just after that time. This would also fit with the German application for the trade mark which was submitted in December 1911.


My thanks to Frank Andrews in providing most of the information for this page. Please e-mail me if you can help with any additions to the listing.
On those where I only know one side, I have not assumed the same coupling as the Beka Grand original issue, despite what I have written above, until I have the full information on the discs!

Thanks also to the following who have provided extra details: Mike Atkins, Norman Field

Page last updated on: May 07, 2018

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists
55 40039
Dancing With Ma Baby (B.R. Anthony)
Inspiration, valeta valse (L. C. Everett)
Flag London Orchestra
80   Here, There And Everywhere, march (A. Bosc) Royal Artillery (cond: Mr E.C. Stretton)
95 40437
Frivolity - barn dance
Romping Rosie
John Pidoux (banjo)
96 40439
Sambo's Pic-Nic
Coonland Memories
John Pidoux (banjo)
158 40521 When We Went To School Together Harry Trevor (baritone)
426 41112 The King's Body Guard, Grand Processional March (Raymond) Flag London Orchestra
434 40994
Reminiscenses Of Wales, parts 1 & 2 (Fred Godfrey) Flag London Orchestra
454 41230
"Pinafore", selection parts 1 & 2 (Sullivan) Flag London Orchestra
506 41409 Why Can't We Have The Sea In London? Billy Williams
583 41480
Piccaninny Mine, Goodnight
My Juliet
Stanley Kirkby (baritone)