According to American Record Labels and Companies by Sutton & Nauck (Mainspring Press, 2000), Mandel Manufacturing of Chicago, Illinois was founded in 1915 as a subsidiary of a parent company which produced equipment related to the photographic industry.

The phonograph division of the company produced table-top and floor-model machines (see below) and, in early 1921, launched its own line of vertical-cut records using masters from Lyric Records, but the catalogue apparently did not continue beyond the middle of that same year.