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Pelican records were introduced in Autumn 1913, part of the ongoing price-war in records, costing just 1/-.
Initially they were made for The Universal Record Syndicate, and later for J. Blum & Co.
The manufacture of Pelican records seems to switch between Britian (The Disc Record Company) and Germany (Kalliope) though it is not clear how this was organised.
It would seem that the first batch were made in Germany (by Kalliope) using J. Blum masters. Then they were made in England by The Disc Record Company of Harrow, useing whatever masters they had in the factory; mainly Blum masters, but also ARC, Jumbo, Favorite, Nicole, Beka &c. It was reported that the DRC were maving trouble pressing enough Pelican records to keep up with demand. This is odd, given that the company had reported it could press 3000 records a day. Maybe they took on other pressing work and couldn't cope. Anyway, it seems that the later Pelican records were once again made in Germany, (by Kalliope ?), using mainly Blum's masters.

By early 1914,  new Pelican records ceased to be produced, the numbering having run from  P-1 to about P-114 (the highest known to date). Old stocks of the records were jobbed off by other dealers. Pelican records overstuck with "Besttone" stickers turn up regularly; these were sold by The Regent Fittings Company.

In 1916, the Pelican trade mark & name passed to Columbia, who never used it for records.

Oddly, despite the name of the label, the obvious trade-mark of the bird, though shown in adverts for the records, never appeared on the label.

Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series. Even if the record you have is in this list, it is worth checking the details (especially the matrix number) is the same as that which I have.

Thanks to the following who have provided extra information: Frank Andrews, Paul Buck, Peter Churcher, John Culley, Bill Dean-Myatt, Graham Farnell, Norman Field, Mike Langridge, Richard Prout,

This page last updated on: August 16, 2021

Cat No. Matrix No. Title Artists Notes
P 1   William Tell Overture, part 1 (Rossini)
William Tell Overture, part 2 (Rossini)
Royal Guards Band  
P 2 1836
1837
Faust - selection part 1 (Gounod)
Faust - selection part 2 (Gounod)
Royal Guards Band  
P 3 1803
1804
Zampa Overture, part 1 (Herold)
Zampa Overture, part 2 (Herold)
Royal Guards Band  
P 4 1646
1883
Grizzly Bear
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Royal Guards Band  
P 5 1616
1620
Imperial Edward March
Crusader March
Royal Guards Band  
P 6 1617
1618
Manhattan Beach
Washington Post, march
Royal Guards Band  
P 7   Stars And Stripes March
Loyal Legion, march
Royal Guards Band  
P 8 1614
.
The Thunderer, march
The Gladiator, march
Royal Guards Band  
P 9   Carmen, selection, part 1 (Bizet)
Carmen, selection, part 2 (Bizet)
Royal Guards Band  
P 10 1646
1648
Grizzly Bear
The Gaby Glide
Royal Guards Band  
P 11 1816
1835
Old Comrades, march
Light Cavalry Overture (Suppe)
Royal Guards Band  
P 12 1800
1834
Coronation Bells
Bells Of St. Malo
Royal Guards Band  
P 13 1649
1808
Gipsy Love, Waltz
Gold And Silver, waltz
Royal Guards Band  
P 14   The Gondoliers, selection part 1 (Sullivan)
The Gondoliers, selection part 2 (Sullivan)
Royal Guards Band  
P 15   Oh! Oh! Delphine, selection, part 1
Oh! Oh! Delphine, selection, part 2
Royal Guards Band  
P 16 1647 ? / 2020
2021
The Wedding Glide
That Mysterious Rag
Royal Guards Band  
P 17 1883
2032
The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Ragtime Violin
The Royal Guards Band 1
P 18 030810 / 5372
031434
St Louis Tickle
Bill Simmons
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) ARC
P 19 E-1786
E-1787
Queen Of The Burlesque
Camptown Carnival
Olly Oakley (banjo)  
P 20 2566 / 1466-40
2753 / 41153
The Bohemian - selection
A Hornpipe
Percy Honri (concertina) (actually British Imperial Military Band)
Percy Honri (concertina)
Nicole
Beka
P 21   Silver Bells
Le Centaur
Charles Lenten (bells) (= Charles I. Lent)
C. Penner (xylophone)
Nicole
P 22 030810
030814
St Louis Rag
Any Rags, medley
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) ARC
P 23 1151
1153
Gladiator's Farewell
Under Freedom's Flag
Steve Bartle (concertina)  
P 24 1977
2653
The Flight Of Ages
I'll Sing Thee Songs Of Araby
Sergeant Charles Leggett (cornet) 2
P 25 1907
1912
Lo! Here the Gentle Lark
I Hear You Calling Me
The Schumann Quartette (flute, violin, viola, harp)  
P 26 031254
031277
Bright Eyes / My Irish Molly-O
A Gay Gossoon
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) ARC
P 27   Queen Of The Earth
The Trumpeter
Sergeant Charles Leggett (cornet)  
P 28 1910
1911
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Ave Maria (Gounod)
Schumann Quartette (flute, violin, viola, harp)  
P 29   The Rosary
Mary
Jack Glover (cornet)  
P 30   The Birds And The Brook
The Birds Of Armenon
Joe Belmont (whistling)  
P 31 2482 or 2472
2483
Il Bacio
Carmena
Charles Capper & Albert Whelan (whistling duet)  
P 32 2168 / 2021
3005 / 2021
The Bedouin's Love Song
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 33 2320
2661
The Pride Of The Earth
Loch Lomond
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 34 1554
2440
The Vicar Of Bray
At The Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea
Frank Arthur (bass)
Peter Dawson
(bass-baritone)
 
P 35 2023
2433
The Pipes Of Pan (Elgar)
Unless
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 36 2662
40715
Somebody's Sailor Boy
Eileen Allannah
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 37 41067
41068
The Vacant Chair
The Rustic Bridge
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) Beka
P 38 40521 ?
41013 ?
When We Went To School Together
Don't Go Down The Mine, Dad
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) (or Robert Carr)
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) (or Harry Thornton)
Beka ?
P 39 41004
41069
The Miner's Dream Of Home
I Wonder If You Miss Me Sometimes
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) (or Harry Thornton)
Stanley Kirkby (baritone)
Beka
P 40 40462
41140
Come Into The Garden, Maud
The Song That Reached My Heart
Philip Ritte (tenor)
Philip Ritte (tenor) (= Stanley Kirkby)
Beka
P 41 40460
40736
Thora
Sleep And Forget
Philip Ritte (tenor)
G. Wigley (tenor) (= Philip Ritte)
 
P 42 1860
1869
In Sweet September
Sympathy
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
P 43 1871
1874
Your Eyes Have Told Me So
Until
Alan Turner (baritone)  
P 44 1889
1891
Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep
Out On The Deep
Mr. T.F. Kinniburgh (bass)  
P 45 1602
1603
Somewhere A Voice Is Calling
I Shall Never Cease To Love You
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 46 1857
1862
The Magic Of Your Voice
When All Was Young
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
P 47 1873
1899
O Star Of Eve ("Tannhauser" - Wagner)
In Happy Moments ("Maritana" - Wallace)
Alan Turner (baritone)  
P 48 1595
.
My Heart Is With You To-Night
That's What The Rose Said To Me
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 49 1632
1633
Tustin's Goodbye (Tosti)
Annie Laurie
Zara Deane (= Madame Jomelli)  
P 50 031127
031267
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Percy Jerome (baritone) (= Frank C. Stanley)
Percy Jerome (baritone) (= Howard Blackham)
 
P 51 1119 / 031119
1123 / 031123
Sun Of My Soul
How Firm A Foundation
Percy Jerome (baritone) (= Frank C. Stanley)  
P 52   Minstrel Record "A"
Minstrel record "B"
Cambridge Minstrels  
P 53 2107
2109
The Piccaninny's Lullaby
My Old Kentucky Home
Cambridge Minstrels  
P 54 Lxo-632
Lxo-636
Tickle Me, Timothy
Put A Bit Of Powder On It, Father
Billy Williams Jumbo
P 55 Lxo-639 / 1668
1669
Lxo-1478
Jean From Aberdeen
My Girl From London Town
My Girl From Glasgie Toon
Billy Williams Jumbo
P 56 1946-t / 1670
1947-t / 1665
I Must Go Home To-Night
The Old Grey Coat
Billy Williams Favorite
  I've had two copies of P-56. One has the plain "British Manufacture" label, with  "B7" in the wax and was made by the DRC in England, the other has the "Blum" matrix numbers and "Pressed in Prussia" on the label. However, both are identical recordings.
P 57 Lxo-640 or 1949-t
Lxo-641 or 1948-t
I'll Meet You One Dark Night
Save A Little One For Me
Billy Williams Jumbo
P 57 41067
41068
The Old Rustic Bridge By the Mill
The Vacant Chair
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) Beka
P 58 41061
H23
I'm Henery The Eighth, I Am [sic]
Cover It Up, Matilda [sic]
Harry Champion (comedian)  
P 59 41059
H24 BC
Ginger, You're Balmy
Let's Have A Basin Of Soup
Harry Champion (comedian)  
P 60   I Want To Go To Idaho
I Usaed To Sigh For The Silvery Moon
Harry Fay  
P 61   Billy Whitlock's Aeroplane
Billy Whitlock's Wedding
Billy Whitlock (comic)  
P 62 031080 /1080
031272 / 1272 / 655
Take A Car
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Collins And Harlan ARC
P 63 031199
031270
Making Eyes
In Timbuctoo
Collins And Harlan ARC
P 64 031391
031429
Peaches And Cream
The Golden Wedding
Len Spencer & Ada Jones ARC
P 65 031031
031140
Rheumatism Cure At Jayride City
Hans Kroussneyen And His Dog Schneider
Len Spencer & company ARC
P 66 1623
1624
Hitchy Koo
The Ragtime Goblin Man
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 67 1641
1642
The Burglar Rag
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 68 1636
1637
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 69 1622
1625
There's a Girl In Havana
Ragging The Baby To Sleep
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 70 1644
1659
Way Down South
Down In Dear Old New Orleans
The Ragtime Knuts (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman) 1
P 71 1642
1660
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Wedding Glide
The Ragtime Knuts
Jack Charman
 
P 72 1797
?
You're A Great Big Blue-Eyed Baby
Hello! Hello! London Town
Harry Cove  
P 73 1795
1846
When I Get You Alone To-Night
Oh! Those Ever Loving, Wonderful Beautiful Eyes
Jack Charman
Harry Cove
 
P 74 1851
1854
Ring Out Those Bells
That Mellow Melody
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 75 1644
1858
Way Down South
Hello, Little Miss U.S.A.
The Ragtime Knuts
Harry Cove (comic)
 
P 76 1863
2046
Goodnight, Mr. Moon
On The Mississippi
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 77 1900
1901
Roaming In The Gloaming
The Message Boy
Sandy McGregor (= Vernon Watson)  
P 78   The Same As His Father Did Before Him
Stop Yer Tickling, Jock
Sandy McGregor (= Vernon Watson)  
P 79 1628
1631
Mary Used To Love A Sailor
Mary Told The Story To The Soldier
Rose Hayes  
P 80 1629
1630
Keep On Swinging Me, Charlie
There You Are Again, Mr. Rainbow
Rose Hayes  
P 81 1888
1895
Up From The Country
She Makes Me Walk In Ragtime
Ben Lawes  
P 82 1850
1867
My Boy
Have You Seen Our John?
Harry Cove (comic)  
P 83 2525
2559
My Heart Has Learned To Love You
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 84        
P 85 2451
2452
Take Me In Your Arms And Say You Love Me
When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 86 2046
2467
On The Mississippi
Snooky Ookums
The Ragtime Knuts
Jack Charman
 
P 87 2446
2447
The Ragtime Huntsman, part 1
The Ragtime Huntsman, part 2 
Ben Albert  
P 88 2475
2476
You're My Baby
Ragtime Eyes
Will Thompson
Harry Cove
 
P 89 2045
2469
The Ragtime Curate
That Raggedy Rag
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 90 2545
2546
Christmas In Camp, part 1
Christmas In Camp, part 2
Triumph Concert Party  
P 91 2542
2543
The Departure Of The Troopship
The Wreck Of The Troopship
Military Band  
P 92        
P 93 B1
B2
The Blind Boy
My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart
George Chirgwin  
P 94 2046
2472
On The Mississippi
You Made Me Love You
The Two Quids
Jack Charman
 
P 95 2048
2472
It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary
You Made Me Love You
Jack Charman  
P 96        
P 97        
P 98        
P 99 2499
2527
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Holy, Holy, Holy
Tom Kinniburgh (bass)
Robert Carr (baritone)
 
P 100        
P 101 2458
2459
The Children's Home
Softly Awakes My Heart
Jack Glover (cornet)  
P 102 2071
2072
Excelsior, part 1
Excelsior, part 2
Robert Carr (baritone) and Gwilym Richards (tenor)  
P 103        
P 104        
P 105 2043
2048
Dance Your Troubles Away
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Jack Charman  
P 106 2101
2103
Meet Me To-Night On The Grand Promenade
I'm A Middy In The King's Navee
Will Thompson  
P 107        
P 108 2547
2548
A Christmas Party, parts 1 & 2 Jack Charman & Company  
P 109 2552
2553
Some Boy
Nursery Rhymes In Ragtime
Jack Charman  
P 110        
P 111 2564
2567
Because I Loved You So
Good-Bye Summer, So Long Fall, Hello Wintertime
Jack Charman  
P 112 2566
2568
Take Me In A Taxi, Joe
You Didn't Want To, But You Did
Harry Cove 1 (Bestone sticker)
P 113        
P 114 2563
2572
International Rag
On The First Dark Night Next Week
Harry Cove
Jack Charman