Edison Bell Winner Records by Wes Williams (courtesy 78rpm Collector’s Community)


History
Edison Bell was a British company founded in the early 1890s, importing Edison and Columbia phonographs and records from the USA. An 1898 catalogue of recordings is available at the British Library

In 1904 Edison USA established its own company in London, and distribution rights were lost.

In 1909, Edison Bell and its subsidiary company were purchased by J.E.Hough Ltd. Edison Bell had already established a disc and cylinder manufacturing site at Peckham, South London, and continued to issue discs under the Edison Bell name until late 1912. It also issued discs under the ‘Velvet Face’ label into the mid 1920s. Other label names were Radio and Electron.

“The Winner” label was announced in December 1911, with the first list of records announced in January 1912. It was advertised as being owned by a syndicate, with the address given as that of J.E. Hough Ltd.

The earliest labels featured coloured representations of a horse and jockey, and there are many variations.

 

 

The name was changed to “Winner”, and the label changed to a gold drawing of horse and jockey on a claret background about mid 1922.

In March 1926 the horse and jockey label was abandoned, and the name changed to “Edison Bell Winner”.

 

J. E. Hough Ltd. became a public company in May 1926, and the label was changed to show a new name: Edison Bell Limited London & Huntingdon. The first electrical recording to be released was number 4386 in April 1926, but this was from American Paramount masters. The first electrical recording from Edison Bell’s own masters was number 4444 in July 1926.

 

By 1929 the business was making losses, and in January 1933 the company was wound up. No offers for the company were received, and most of the remaining assets were eventually taken over by Decca. Decca gained a concession in 1933 to continue to release Winner records for a short time afterwards, including a new series prefixed W, while Edison Bell itself struggled on until 1938, when it was liquidated. The last Edison Bell records were issued in January 1935.

Winner Release Dates
Note: This list does not show the few exceptions which were released out of sequence.
2000 – 2245: 1912
2246 – 2515: 1913
2516 – 2740: 1914
2741 – 2922: 1915
2923 – 3081: 1916
3071 – 3185: 1917
3187 – 3276: 1918
3266 – 3359: 1919

3356 – 3494: 1920
3487 – 3610: 1921
3612 – 3757: 1922
3759 – 3924: 1923
3933 – 4107: 1924
4108 – 4320: 1925
4321 – 4553: 1926
4554 – 4753: 1927
4754 – 4870: 1928
4871 – 4960: 1929

4961 – 5192: 1930
5193 – 5412: 1931
5413 – 5532: 1932
5533 – 5628: 1933
5629 – 5687: 1934
5688 – 5692: 1935

Edison Bell Winner from Decca
W.1 – W.52: 1933
W.53 – W.158: 1934
W.159 -W.166: 1935

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4 Responses to “Edison Bell Winner Records by Wes Williams (courtesy 78rpm Collector’s Community)”

  1. Amazing things here. I am very glad to see your post. Thank you a lot and I am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  2. wes williams Says:

    This article is ‘borrowed’ from the 78rpm community. If you need to contact me, join up there.

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