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British 78rpm record labels whose name begins with T. Using the letter links below you can see pages for other letters.
Unless otherwise noted, all research and images are my own, but as you will see, many other people have helped, especially with the label catalogue listings.

All images are thumbnails, so clicking on them will display a full-sized image. Where the label name is a link, clicking it will take you to a new page with more information and, in most cases, an attempt to list all issues on that label.

Page last updated on: December 25, 2022

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Label Label Description Images
Tabansi Dating to post-WWII (I would guess), this was made by EMI for export to Nigeria.
Thanks to Richard Prout for the label image.
Tailgate A post-WWII label produced by the Sheffield Jazz Club devoted to British Trad. Jazz bands. Tailgate records first appeared in late 1949, pressed in vinyl and were available from the club at 159, Alnwick Road, Sheffield and also from the International Book Club of London. They cost 5/9 for 10" and 7/- for 12" records. The records were recorded by Curtis Recording Studios of Sheffield. They had no ctalogue numbers, just face numbers, from 1 to 18.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Talent Another post-WWII Sheffield jazz label, again making its appearance in late 1949 and recorded by Curtis Studios in Sheffield. Talent records cost 7/6 and were available from L. Corbridge at 19, Vauxhall Road, Sheffield 9 and also from the London Jazz Club.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Tamar This would appear to be a private recording company, presumbly based near the border of Devon & Cornwall. The example shown here is an acetate.
Teledisk Teledisk  were custom record makers, offering to record you for a small sum, for which you would receive a small number of the recordings, double-sided and pressed on standard shellac. To be honest, the quality of the recording and pressing varied considerably and some are really dreadful. The labels were either blue or red (as picture here) depending usually on the type of fare being offered. The records date from 1934-35 and are, as you'd expect, extremely rare. The company was at Crewdson Road, London SW9.
Telefunken Telefunken records first appeared in  the early 1930s, I believe, and were a German-only product as you could guess by the name. They do turn up occasionally in Britian, since one or two companies imported them. In the mid-1930s Keith Prowse, Rimington Van Wyck and Alfred Imhof were amongst these.
The example here is from the 1950's and is British made by Decca, who manufactured Telefunken LPs at that period.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Tele-Sound Services Tele-Sound was a shop in North Wembley, Middlesex, owned by David Comber (father of Michael Comber, record dealer and enthusiast) and his partner Arthur Moseley. The shop sold radios, televisions, record players, records etc. This was very common for the time, and my own local "record shop" was very similar.
Obviously Tele-Sound also offered the service to make your own records. The record shown here was actually made by the Comber family (including a 3-year old Michael!) under the name of The Marion Road Glee Club, and they are singing The Old Folks At Home, and also sending a birthday message to a relative who was serving with the Royal Navy in Malta at the time.
David Comber worked at the shop from 1950 to 1956 after which he sold out to his partner, so the record shown dates from that time.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for this label image.
Tempo Tempo records first appeared in Setpember 1946 and issued both new Jazz recordings and also vintage transfers. The new recordings had a A- prefixed catalogue and the reissues an R- catalogue (both series starting logically at 1). They were distributed by the Tempo Record Society of 9, Piccadilly Arcade, London and available from specialist dealers and jazz clubs. The initial issue of A-1 to A-44 cost 9/6, but subsequent issues in both series were 7/6.
Teytone A small record company at 17, Cavendish Square, London, possibly dating from the 1950s.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Theme Music This was a 1950s-60s label publishing library music for the Josef Weinberger publishing house.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Times The three label styles shown here, are all from Manchester and are likely to be the product of the same company. They appear to all date from the early 1950s.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label images.

Times Record These were manufactured in England either by Decca or Pye (probably the latter) for export to Kingston, Jamaica, where they were sold in the Times Department Store. They date from the 1960s and early 1960s.

Thanks to Mike Murphy for the information about this label.
Tip-Top This label is found pasted over early  Winner records. The Tip-Tops probably date from the early 1920s and may have been used by a (so far) unidentified shop as a way of selling off their old stock of Winner records. What is surprising, though, it that they do have catalogue numbers (not matching the original Winner ones) which implies the shop may have actually produced a sales catalogue for Tip-Top!
Since there is no copyright stamp, I can't estimate the price, though an example has been seen where the original circular Edison Bell copyright stamp can be seen under the Tip-Top label.
The details on the label are very basic, just showing the title and a description of the recording.

Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Tivoli A very anonymous looking label which gives no clue as to the manufacturer or the proprietor. The label design is almost identical to "Solitaire", so there must be a close connection.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
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Record Club
This record club dates from the mid-1950s. They issued cover versions of 12 of the most popular songs (usually 6 on each rcord, three on each side) every 6 weeks.
Fromt the catalogue numbering, it would appear there was some link with the "Tivoli" record above.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Topic This label was owned by The Workers Music Association and the Topic records were launched in the late 1930s with catalogue number TRC-1. The 78s were issued spasmodically, in both 10" and 12" sizes (using the same catalogue series) until the late 1950s by which time they were being issued on 45rpm records. The highest 78rpm record being TRC-108 issued in 1958.
The recordings, with CP-prefixed matrix numbers, were done by Decca using the contract pressing series started by Crystalate in the late 1920s. Decca had taken over Crystalate in 1937.
A listing of this label may be found here

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Top Rank Top Rank records, dating from the late 1950s, was an attempt by the Rank Film Organisation to beak into the British record business. These 78rpm records, pressed in vinyl had a catalogue series starting at JAR-101 in 1958, but by 1960 the business failed and the label was taken on by EMI and the 78rpm records dropped immediately. I believe the 78rpm series reached JAR-432.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Tower Dating from the early 1920s, Tower records was a Vocalion product, often using old masters  previous issued on Vocalion or one of their other subsidiary labels. Masters also came from Gennett (in America) and the catalogue number was in a 100-series (for 10") and 2000-series for 12".

Label listing: The late Arthur Badrock's listing of this label is available from the CLPGS. (Reference Series No. RS 29)

Towers Of London This recording company seems to have started up during WWII; they made transcription recordings for ENSA and maybe others, but it would appear they also ran a record club, an example of which is shown here.

Thanks to Robert Girling for the label image.

I've not managed to find out what TPL stood for, but the company produced at least three talking books in 1948.
The trade distributors for the talking books were Horace Marshall & Son Ltd., Temple House, Temple Avenue, London, E.C.4. The book part was produced in France by Le Livre Universal and was printed by Imprimerie Crété. A French “depot legal” (deposit for copyrighting purposes) date of the third quarter of 1948 is given which gives a rough date for the records. You will find an entry for Nicholas Sandor (see the label image), a Hungarian engineer and inventor, under www.gracesguide.co.uk but this doesn’t shed any light on his connection with talking books. He was an inventor and patented quite a number of his inventions and the title page of the book states “Patent applied for” but it is difficult to see just what was novel and hence patentable about a talking book.
I now have some details about three issues, see below. If there are any more, do please let me know.
Cat No Matrix Title Artists
SS-1 0EB-7-3
The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde), part 1
The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde), part 2
Frank Phillips (narrator), Leslie Bridgewater (music)
Adapted by Minnie Lake
SS-2 0EB-23
The Story Of The First Christmas Morning, part 1
The Story Of The First Christmas Morning, part 2
Frank Phillips (narrator), Leslie Bridgewater (music)
Story by Minnie Lake
SS-3 0EB-27-1
The Magic Wood (Harry Phillips), part 1
The Magic Wood (Harry Phillips), part 2
Harry Phillips (narrator & composer)

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image, to Dave Mason for providing the information about the label, and Paul Buck for further issue details.

Transacord This company was started by Peter Handford who was an experienced sound engineer & sound effects expert. In 1953, with just a tape recorder & a 78rpm lacquer disc cutter, he offered private recordings and also recordings of amatuer music events and competitions. He would cut the records himself, from his tape recording, unless more than 12 copies were required, in which case he would get recprds pressed by British Homophone. In 1954, he heard an American LP of railway sounds and decided to try something similar with British railways. His first records in this style were issued in 1955 on 78rpm discs. In 1958, after about half-a-dozen 78rpm issues (10" and 12" sizes), Peter switched to the LP and 45rpm format.
Transacord was later taken over by Argo Records and subsequently became part of Decca.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Transworld This appears to be a publisher's library music outlet for Television Music Ltd. The records were made by C.H. Rumble Ltd of Redhill, Surrey and date from 1961 to 1965. All were pressed in vinyl and the catalogue series ran from TR-1 to TR-99.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Treasury Of Music These records were made for EMG Hand Made Gramophones and were first accounced in 1935.
These were 12" records priced at 6/- each, and most likely were pressed from French masters, though it is not known who made them.

The catalogue numbers started at T-1 and ran to at leaast T-17.
Trek These were recorded in South Africa by Eric Gallo's Gramophone Records Ltd, and pressed by Decca in England, from 1940 until 1942, when shipping problems caused by WWII put an end to the imports. After the war, in 196, Gallo resurrected the label much as before but within a couple of years (in 1949) had built his own presseing plant, thus no longer needing Decca's pressing services.
There were two atalogue series: AC-700- for Afrikaans material, and DC-1- for other African music. These reached AC-820 and DC-47 by the time of the war break. The post-war issues contiued with the same series, eventually reaching AC-1046 and DC-399, though the last ones may have been 45rpm issues.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Trio Little is known of this private recording company, other than what can be seen on the label on the only reported copy here.
Jack Llewellin was an actor and here he performs an extract from a play, probably dating from the 1950s.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Triumph The first Triumph Record was manufactured in Germany, uning Invicta (Berolina) masters. The catalogue numbers are the same as the Invicta issues, but with 20 in front of the number, hence the one shown here, Triumph 20342 is the same issue & coupling as Invicta 342. It is not known who the Triumph records were produced for, but they will all pre-date the outbreak of WWI in 1914, and most likely stopped well before then. They are even scarcer than the Invicta issues, which are by no means common themselves.

At some point in early 1914, most likely after the German Triumphs had ceased, a British-made Triumph Record was launched. These were made by the Disc Record Company at Harrow, for Joseph Blum & Co, using original masters recorded by Blum. The labels can be found in either dark blue or red, with gold printing. Again these, like the German ones, were quite short-lived (and hence scarce today) as both the Disc Record Company and Joseph Blum's company went out of business in 1915.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photos.

Trusound One of the earliest flexible picture discs, Trusound date from the early 1930s and are scarce today, and even when they turn up, they are often unplayable.  The recordings are a mixture of continental masters and those recorded by Trusound themselves.
The Trusound recording studio was in a former church at 72a Carlton Hill, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 and up until Trusound took it on in 1933, it had been the Parlophone recording studio. The manager during Trusound's ownershop, was a Mr. Francis, who had been a deputy of the Parlophone manager, Oscar Preuss. Trusound records cost 1/6. There seem to be about 50 different records, but in various catalogue series such as T-1, A-600, A-1000 and B-500-.
Truvoice The record, which is a lacquer coating on a steel base says "Made in France" on the label, but the band recorded was based in Leeds, Yorkshire. Dates from about 1936.
Actually, this label should not actually be listed here as it appears to be the manufacturer of the laquer disc (which is not British) rather than a company record label.
Turmaphon Turmaphon records were manufactured by the Turmalin factory in Germany and the example shown here was specifically produced for export to Britain. The few seen all have a U-series catalogue number, though a couple have different numbers on each side, just to make things difficult for 21st century discographers! All the issues shown here seem to be using previously-recorded masters from the defunct Bel Canto company.

Thanks to Michael Gunrem for the label scan.
Turner A Private recording company based in Havering, Essex, dating from the post WWII period.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Twin When the Gramophone Company decided to embark on producing double-sided records in 1908, rather than risk their reputation on producing double-sided HMV records, they decided to launch a new label called "Twin". Costing 2/6, the records used existing single-sided Zonophone masters to start with, until, in 1911, with the catalogue reaching about 600 (having started from 1), the two were combined and the double-sided Zonophone-Twin label became the Gramophone company's secondary label. Any which then remained in the catalogue were re-pressed with Zonophone labels.

Label listing: the CLPGS have produced a full listing of the Twin & Zonophone label.

Two Arts Studios Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.

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