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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, using 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 having 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, Guy Roles

This page last updated on: January 01, 2023

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
Faust - selection part 1 (Gounod)
Faust - selection part 2 (Gounod)
Royal Guards Band  
P 3 1803
Zampa Overture, part 1 (Herold)
Zampa Overture, part 2 (Herold)
Royal Guards Band  
P 4 1646
Grizzly Bear
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Royal Guards Band  
P 5 1616
Imperial Edward March
Crusader March
Royal Guards Band  
P 6 1617
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
Grizzly Bear
The Gaby Glide
Royal Guards Band  
P 11 1816
Old Comrades, march
Light Cavalry Overture (Suppe)
Royal Guards Band  
P 12 1800
Coronation Bells
Bells Of St. Malo
Royal Guards Band  
P 13 1649
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
The Wedding Glide
That Mysterious Rag
Royal Guards Band  
P 17 1883
The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Ragtime Violin
The Royal Guards Band 1
P 18 030810 / 5372
St Louis Tickle
Bill Simmons
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) ARC
P 19 E-1786
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)
P 21   Silver Bells
Le Centaur
Charles Lenten (bells) (= Charles I. Lent)
C. Penner (xylophone)
P 22 030810
St Louis Rag
Any Rags, medley
Vess L. Ossman (banjo) ARC
P 23 1151
Gladiator's Farewell
Under Freedom's Flag
Steve Bartle (concertina)  
P 24 1977
The Flight Of Ages
I'll Sing Thee Songs Of Araby
Sergeant Charles Leggett (cornet) 2
P 25 1907
Lo! Here the Gentle Lark
I Hear You Calling Me
The Schumann Quartette (flute, violin, viola, harp)  
P 26 031254
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
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Ave Maria (Gounod)
Schumann Quartette (flute, violin, viola, harp)  
P 29   The Rosary
Jack Glover (cornet)  
P 30   The Birds And The Brook
The Birds Of Armenon
Joe Belmont (whistling)  
P 31 2482 or 2472
Il Bacio
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
The Pride Of The Earth
Loch Lomond
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 34 1554
The Vicar Of Bray
At The Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea
Frank Arthur (bass)
Peter Dawson
P 35 2023
The Pipes Of Pan (Elgar)
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 36 2662
Somebody's Sailor Boy
Eileen Allannah
Peter Dawson (bass-baritone)  
P 37 41067
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
The Miner's Dream Of Home
I Wonder If You Miss Me Sometimes
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) (or Harry Thornton)
Stanley Kirkby (baritone)
P 40 40462
Come Into The Garden, Maud
The Song That Reached My Heart
Philip Ritte (tenor)
Philip Ritte (tenor) (= Stanley Kirkby)
P 41 40460
Sleep And Forget
Philip Ritte (tenor)
G. Wigley (tenor) (= Philip Ritte)
P 42 1860
In Sweet September
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
P 43 1871
Your Eyes Have Told Me So
Alan Turner (baritone)  
P 44 1889
Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep
Out On The Deep
Mr. T.F. Kinniburgh (bass)  
P 45 1602
Somewhere A Voice Is Calling
I Shall Never Cease To Love You
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 46 1857
The Magic Of Your Voice
When All Was Young
Jessie Broughton (contralto)  
P 47 1873
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
Tustin's Goodbye (Tosti)
Annie Laurie
Zara Deane (= Madame Jomelli)  
P 50 031127
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) ARC
P 52 1359 / 031359
1360 / 031360
Minstrel Record "A"
Minstrel Record "B"
Cambridge Minstrels ARC
P 53 2107
The Piccaninny's Lullaby
My Old Kentucky Home
Cambridge Minstrels  
P 54 Lxo-632
Tickle Me, Timothy
Put A Bit Of Powder On It, Father
Billy Williams Jumbo
P 55 Lxo-639 / 1668
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
The Old Rustic Bridge By the Mill
The Vacant Chair
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) Beka
P 58 41061
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 Used 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
Making Eyes
In Timbuctoo
Collins And Harlan ARC
P 64 031391 (1391)
031429 (1429)
Peaches And Cream
The Golden Wedding
Len Spencer & Ada Jones ARC
P 65 031031
Rheumatism Cure At Jayride City
Hans Kroussneyen And His Dog Schneider
Len Spencer & company ARC
P 66 1623
Hitchy Koo
The Ragtime Goblin Man
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 67 1641
The Burglar Rag
How Do You Do, Miss Ragtime?
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 68 1636
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 69 1622
There's a Girl In Havana
Ragging The Baby To Sleep
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 70 1644
Way Down South
Down In Dear Old New Orleans
The Ragtime Knuts (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman) 1
P 71 1642
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
When I Get You Alone Tonight
Those Ever Loving Wonderful, Beautiful Eyes
Jack Charman (actually Harry Cove)
Harry Cove
P 74 1851
Ring Out Those Bells
That Mellow Melody
The Ragtime Knuts  
P 75 1644
Way Down South
Hello, Little Miss U.S.A.
The Ragtime Knuts
Harry Cove (comic)
P 76 1863
Goodnight, Mr. Moon
On The Mississippi
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 77 1900
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
Mary Used To Love A Sailor
Mary Told The Story To The Soldier
Rose Hayes  
P 80 1629
Keep On Swinging Me, Charlie
There You Are Again, Mr. Rainbow
Rose Hayes  
P 81 1888
Up From The Country
She Makes Me Walk In Ragtime
Ben Lawes  
P 82 1850
My Boy
Have You Seen Our John?
Harry Cove (comic)  
P 83 2525
My Heart Has Learned To Love You
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
Robert Carr (baritone)  
P 84        
P 85 2451
Take Me In Your Arms And Say You Love Me
When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam
The Ragtime Knuts (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman)  
P 86 2046
On The Mississippi
Snooky Ookums
The Ragtime Knuts
Jack Charman
P 87 2446
The Ragtime Huntsman, part 1
The Ragtime Huntsman, part 2 
Ben Albert  
P 88 2475
You're My Baby
Ragtime Eyes
Will Thompson
Harry Cove
P 89 2045
The Ragtime Curate
That Raggedy Rag
The Ragtime Knuts 1
P 90 2545
Christmas In Camp, part 1
Christmas In Camp, part 2
Triumph Concert Party  
P 91 2542
The Departure Of The Troopship
The Wreck Of The Troopship
Military Band  
P 92        
P 93 B1
The Blind Boy
My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart
George Chirgwin  
P 94 2046
On The Mississippi
You Made Me Love You
The Two Quids
Jack Charman
P 95 2048
It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary
You Made Me Love You
Jack Charman  
P 96        
P 97        
P 98        
P 99 2499
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Holy, Holy, Holy
Tom Kinniburgh (bass)
Robert Carr (baritone)
P 100        
P 101 2458
The Children's Home
Softly Awakes My Heart
Jack Glover (cornet)  
P 102 2071
Excelsior, part 1
Excelsior, part 2
Robert Carr (baritone) and Gwilym Richards (tenor)  
P 103        
P 104        
P 105 2043
Dance Your Troubles Away
It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Jack Charman  
P 106 2101
Meet Me To-Night On The Grand Promenade
I'm A Middy In The King's Navee
Will Thompson  
P 107        
P 108 2547
A Christmas Party, part 1
A Christmas Party, part 2
Jack Charman & Company  
P 109 2552
Some Boy
Nursery Rhymes In Ragtime
Jack Charman  
P 110        
P 111 2564
Because I Loved You So
Good-Bye Summer, So Long Fall, Hello Wintertime
Jack Charman  
P 112 2566
Take Me In A Taxi, Joe
You Didn't Want To, But You Did
Harry Cove 1 (Bestone sticker)
P 113        
P 114 2563
International Rag
On The First Dark Night Next Week
Harry Cove
Jack Charman