The Winner

    1912 - 1935

    United Kingdom-based record label The Winner was founded 1912.

    Its records were manufactured by the Edison Bell Record Works, London. This company, founded by James Hough, had originated in the early 1890s as an importer of Edison and Columbia cylinder phonographs; from 1898 Hough had also made cylinder records, initially using a separate company, Edisonia.

    When Edison set up his own European operation in 1904 the import franchise was withdrawn, but the name Edison-Bell remained in use. From 1909 the official name of Edison-Bell was J. E. Hough Ltd.

    Winner records, with black or red labels, were mostly of a popular type, although they included some items of musical distinction.

    In the early 1920s the company introduced a higher-quality series, Velvet Face Records (so called because the material of which they were made was allegedly smoother than that used by other manufacturers). These had green labels, and the catalogue included some ambitious items.

    The Winner records were extremely popular and sold in their millions for twenty years, but competition from other cheaper labels such as Eclipse (sixpence) drove the company out of business in 1935.


    Winner Release Dates

    2000 - 22451912
    2246 - 25151913
    2516 - 27401914
    2741 - 29221915
    2923 - 30811916
    3071 - 31851917
    3187 - 32761918
    3266 - 33591919

    3356 - 34941920
    3487 - 36101921
    3612 - 37571922
    3759 - 39241923
    3933 - 41071924
    4108 - 43201925
    4321 - 45531926
    4554 - 47531927
    4754 - 48701928
    4871 - 49601929

    4961 - 51921930
    5193 - 54121931
    5413 - 55321932
    5533 - 56281933
    5629 - 56871934
    5688 - 56921935

    Source: The 78rpm Community