The Winner




1912 - 1935


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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When Edison set up his own European operation in 1904 the import franchise was withdrawn, but the name Edison-Bell remained in use.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

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[tab title="1912 - 1919"]

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

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[tab title="1920 - 1929"]

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

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[tab title="1930 - 1935"]

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

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Source: The 78rpm Community