2022-09-05T14:33:57+02:00September 5th, 2022|

One of the main label of the French publishing company Salabert, founded in the 1920s or earlier as Disque Francis Salabert (shortened to just Salabert by the 1930s).

Also referred to as “Ed. Salabert”, or “Editions Musicales Salabert”, or “Editions Francis Salabert”, or “Editions Salabert France”, with either an “E” or an “É” for all the forms.
Also printed as Editions Salabert, S.A.

Source: Discogs


2022-05-30T18:18:22+02:00Mai 30th, 2022|

Defunct Belgian label & record company, founded by Albert Van Hoogten in 1951. It was named after his record store, called “Ronny”. Most of their recordings were done at the studio of the Brussels’ label Olympia.

Most famous recording was the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest winner: Net als toen (Corry Brokken)

It was fully acquired by BMG Publishing Belgium. Later BMG sold it to Pop Eye Records in Leuven (Belgium).

Source: Discogs


2022-05-30T11:04:36+02:00Mai 30th, 2022|

The label name ANKER is derived from the world-famous Anker building blocks. The inventors of these building blocks, the Lilienthal brothers, sold their idea to a certain Friedrich Adolf Richter (1846-1910) from Nuremberg in about 1875, and the latter registered his own patent.

In July 1876, Richter registered himself in the trade register of Rudolstadt in Thuringia. In 1878, the anchor factory was opened in Rudolstadt. Mainly pharmaceutical preparations were produced there. In addition to patience games, chocolates, soaps and cosmetic preparations, Richter also produced gramophones and Imperator music apparatuses and, from 1905 at the latest, Anker record albums.

Richter founded numerous branches and other factories in Europe and overseas: Nijmegen Holland in 1877, Vienna in 1878, Prague in 1880, London, Copenhagen and Olten in 1887, New York in 1894 and St. Petersburg and Salbino in 1900.

After Richter’s death in 1910, 4 sons and his brother Friedrich Wilhelm Richter took over the company. Due to inheritance disputes, the company was split into the joint-stock companies “F.Ad. Richter & Cie. Chemische Werke” (incl. Anker Schallplatten GmbH & Phonogramm GmbH) and “F.Ad. Richter Cie AG Baukastenfabrik”.

After the takeover of Anker Schallplatten GmbH as well as Anker Phonogramm GmbH by Kalliope in 1914 as well as the outbreak of the World War, shells for the fighting front were produced in the Anker factory in Rudolstadt. After the end of the war in 1918, the company lost most of its foreign branches and factories.



2022-04-24T16:27:03+02:00April 24th, 2022|

UK label owned by Fonotipia Co. Ltd. incorporated on 28 February 1908 as a low-cost label. The records were pressed and manufactured by Jumbo Record Fabrik G.m.b.H. in Frankfurt. First records didn’t have the elephant trade mark, because was used by Elephone Record that closed his activity at the beginning of 1909, and from that moment Jumbo started to use the elephant trade mark. On 1st August 1909 the manufacturing and distribution of Jumbo and Jumbola Record discs is entrusted to International Talking Machine Co. m.b.H.

The label was discontinued in 1911 following Fonotipia’s buyout by Carl Lindström A.-G.. In 1913 the Carl Lindström A.-G. built a new pressing factory in Hertford called The Mead Works.

In 1915, the British government introduced the “Trading with the Enemy” acts which prohibited German firms operating at all in Britain. This meant that Lindström had it’s offices and factories seized by the government.

In 1917 Columbia Graphophone Company bought the old Lindström business from the government and it was decided to rename the label Venus Record.



2022-04-17T11:06:02+02:00April 17th, 2022|

Melodia Record was a label of the Georg Bernhardt company in Leipzig, Germany. It was registered on April 14, 1913. The company records were made as contract pressings from 1913 (Initially also by Lindström). From about 1928 the records were pressed by the Isi-Werke.

On July 24, 1913, the brand was transferred to Carl Lindström AG.



2022-03-24T20:53:04+01:00März 24th, 2022|

Elephone records were made by The Universal Talking Machine Company which was William Barraud’s first foray into the early Gramophone record field. He was later involved in the Invicta record company which produced Invicta and Guardsman records. William Barraud was the uncle of Francis Barraud, well-known for painting the famous HMV dog-and-gramophone portrait and he also painted the picture of Sgt Hassall used on the Guardsman label.

The Universal Taliking Machine Company recording rooms (and presumably their offices) were at 3, Scrutton Street, Finsbury, London E.C. It is very likely that any recordings were made under the supervision of German recording experts from the Lyrophon Company, from spring 1908 to early 1909. Universal’s recordings were issued on their Elephone record label, and it is thought that the presence of an Elephant on the label (which was a registered design) is what prevented Jumbo records from also using an Elephant on their earliest issues.

Elephone’s British recordings are in the 20000 series and should have a small “o” prefix. Other masters used are from German Lyrophon, and also some French recordings which have an “F” suffix. It was the intention of the company to make ethnic Indian recordings for Export to India, but none have ever been reported, so this may never have happened.
The business (and presumably the recording rooms) moved to 37, Curtain Road, London E.C. in November 1908, but by March 1909 the company needed more money, and proceeding to wind up the business started by June 1909 and it seems likely that the Universal Talking Machine Company never really made much in the way of profit!

Elephone records are exceedingly scarce, as can be seen by the very sparse listings below. So far, I know of these catalogue series, a plain 100-, 1000-, A-1500, D-4000 and G-8000.

Source: Michael Thomas

Cremona Rex

2022-03-24T20:11:55+01:00März 24th, 2022|

Cremona= Rex (Cremona: Rex) was a gramophone producer in Sweden. The brand also produced records. The German firm Menzenhaur & Schmidt recorded them between 1929 to 1930.

A few hundred of discs with Swedish repertoire that were issued by four labels: Corona, Kalliope, Cremona Rex & Melocord.

Source: russian-records


2022-03-08T15:54:05+01:00März 8th, 2022|

French label that was introduced in 1950 by Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston and Maurice Selmer of Henri Selmer Paris and the Selmer label. CFTH were a manufacturer of radios.
The label was distributed in several countries. In the US for example, it was distributed by London Records.
In 1958 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston went into a partnership with Pathe Marconi, with the companies distributing each other’s products.
Eventually Pathe Marconi took over the label. Some sources state that happened in 1984 although Billboard Magazine already lists Ducretet Thomson as a Pathe Marconi label in the 1960s.

The “Ducretet” part of the name comes from “Ducretet et cie.” a company that CFTH acquired in 1929. Ducretet et cie. was a French company founded by scientist Eugène Adrien Ducretet which produced, among other scientific instruments, an early “plate phonograph”, or tinfoil disc player (1879) and a tinfoil phonograph for cylinders.
The repertoire focused on world music, including UNESCO recordings.

Source: Discogs

L’Anthologie Sonore

2021-12-10T07:47:17+01:00Dezember 10th, 2021|

L’Anthologie Sonore was a French record label, focusing initially on medieval and Renaissance music.
Discs were recorded under that label between 1933 and the mid 1950s in France, initially under the artistic direction of Curt Sachs. He was also the artistic director of the first one, “2,000 years of music, a concise history of the development of music from the earliest times through the 18th century” in the very early 1930s, just before he left Germany for France where he founded “L’Anthologie sonore”.