Edison Bell Phona Disc 1

Edison Bell Phona Disc (U.K.) / c. 1913

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Design: A highly unusual 'label' in which the record manufacturer's name is constrained inside the song title; almost always, the corporate name overarches the song title. The hybrid combination of blind-etched lettering (although here filled in with colour, to make it more readable) and printed paper information is also extremely unusual.

History: Edison-Bell was a London-based company with a complex history to do with patents and improvements on phonograph recording machines and records by inventors Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Formed in the early 1890s, it survived until the mid-1930s when it was absorbed by Decca. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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