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These two different labels styles date from about the same period. Both are very scarce.

The first one (National Double Sided) was derived from Edison Bell and fron Beka/Lindstrom masters, the latter style manufactured in Germany.  It is not known for whom they were produced. They obviously date from pre-WWI.

The second style was an Edison Bell product dating from 1910, these were a 10" records with a 3-digit catalogue series, sold under a tally-man system in the same way as John Bull records.


It occurs to me, based on these sparse details below, that it may be one set of catalogue numbers covering both styles of label? The light-coloured label with the flags being the earlier label, followed by the other style.

My thanks to Norman Field for providing the image of the first label.

This is a first attempt at a listing. Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series.

My thanks to Norman Field for providing information on his two records to add to my solitary one, to start the list off !
Thanks also to the following for providing more details:
John Hammond, Richard Prout

Page last updated on: November 28, 2021

The first label-style:

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Orig issue
357 2107 March Past Of The Brigade London Regimental Band Bell 14
459 2187 Forget Me Not Len Ward (bells) Bell 57
535 40651 Angels Guard Thee (Godard) Harry Bryan (cornet, with orch accmp) Beka 248
539 40339
Alice, Where Art Thou?
Valse Arabesque
Henry E. Geehl (piano) Beka 89
571 40614
I'd Like To Spend My Holidays With You
Bert Alvey (comic) Beka 223

This is the Edison Bell produced series.

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Orig Issue
383 2184
A Dream Of Paradise
Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand
Albert Watson
Royal Military Band
Bell 56
396 2261
Love's Old Sweet Song
Arthur Grover
Miss Phyllis Lett
Bell 98
398 2286
A Tiny Seed Of Love
Do As The Soldiers Do
Harry Clifton
Arthur Clifford
Bell 105
423 2320
"Faust" - selection, part 1
"Faust" - selection, part 2
Royal Military Band Bell 121
426 2318
Grand March
Bells Of St. Malo
Royal Military Band Bell 124
432 2192
To The Rescue
Royal Military Band Bell 70
Bell 66
433 2139 Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep Frank Ross (bass) (= Tom Kinniburgh) Bell 41
435 2319
When Other Lips
Lighterman Tom
James Davis
Robert Carr
511   Helter Skelter   National London Orchestra (cond. Julian Jones) [other label style?]
599 2419 Angels Guard Thee Grace Ivell (vocal) Bell 209