78rpm record labels associated with chain stores & mail order companiesThe 78rpm-Club

Records produced for music publishers, phonograph companies and religious societies have been generally omitted.




United States

ALL-STAR Standard Mail Order Co.
AURORA T. Eaton Co (Canada)
BELL RECORDS W.T. Grant dime stores
BELVEDERE Hochschild, Kohn & Co, Baltimore
BINGOLA Bing Corporation, NY
BUCKEYE Buckeye Merchandise Co, Newark, OH
CAMEO Macy’s NYC
CARNIVAL John Wanamaker New York
CENTRAL Central Camera Co, Chicago
CHALLENGE RECORDS Sears Roebuck & Co.
CLICO DISC RECORD The Clinton Close Co. Toledo, Ohio
CONQUEROR RECORDS Sears Roebuck & Co.
COPLEY
O’Byrne De Witt, Boston.  1945+
CORT RECORD Cort Sales Co, NY
CROWN Woolworth’s
DAVEGA S.B. Davega Co. New York
DIVA RECORD W.T. Grant
DOMINO Metropolitan Stores
FAULTLESS CONCERT John M. Smyth Company Chicago Ill.
GOLDEN JUBILEE R.A. McWhirr Co
HARVARD Sears Roebuck & Co
HOCHSCHILD, KOHN & CO. Hochschild, Kohn & Co, Baltimore
HOMESTEAD The Chicago Mail Order Co, IL
HUDSON J.L. Hudson Co, Detroit department store
LAKESIDE DISC RECORD Montgomery Ward mail order sales
LIBERTY MUSIC SHOP 795 Madison Ave. 450 Madison Ave. 10 East 59 St. N.Y.
LYRATONE  Abraham and Straus Brooklyn, N.Y.
MAC-LEVIN Mac-Levin Shops, Inc.
MADISON F.W. Woolworth (in UK)
MAJESTIC  The Ross Stores (1923)
MANHATTAN  Siegal Cooper Chicago; 
Simpson Crawford Co. N.Y.;
Henry Siegel Co. Boston
MASTER TONE Kaufman & Baer Co. Pittsburgh, PA
MAY’S Earl E. May Seed & Nursery Co, Shenandoah, Iowa
METEOR Meteor Car Co, Piqua, Ohio
MINERVA T. Eaton Co (Canada)
MONTGOMERY WARD Store of same name
MUSE PHONOGRAPH RECORD Kress Stores
NADSCO National Department Store Co
NATIONAL RECORD, THE Siegal Cooper & Co, Chicago
NATIONAL National Record Exchange Co, Iowa (1922-24)
NEW IMPROVED SILVER TONGUED Englewood Co, Chicago mail order
NEW PHONIC Carl Henry Inc., N.Y.
NIGHTINGALE PARLOR GRAND RECORD Englewood Co, Chicago mail order
O’BYRNE DEWITT IRISH RECORD E. O’Byrne DeWitt & Sons, NY
O’DOWD RECORDS Thomas O’Dowd, NY
OGREN & UHE ARTIST SERIES Ogren & Uhe, Inc Rockford, IL
ORIOLE RECORDS  McCrory’s
OXFORD Sears Roebuck & Co
PEERLESS DISC RECORD W. S. Simpson (1903-5)
PEERLESS DISC RECORDS Albaugh Bros., Dover & Co, Chicago
PENNINGTON L. Bamberger & Co. Newark N.J.
PHILHARMONIC Firestone Tyre & Rubber Co. (1939-44)
POLK James K. Polk Inc, Atlanta, GA
PURITONE Straus & Schram Co., Chicago (1928-31)
REGINA L.L. Goodman, Philadelphia
REPUBLIC DISC RECORD Burton H. Corbett & Co., Chicago
RESONA RECORDS The Charles Williams Stores Inc. N.Y.C.
RIALTO The Rialto Music House 330 S. State St. Chicago
ROMEO S.H. Kress
ROSS STORES The Ross Stores
SAVOY Melrose & Montgomery (1930-31)
SCHIRMER Schirmer
SCHUSTER’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT Schuster’s, Milwaukee-area department store
SHAMROCK STORE Shamrock Store 1334 Third Ave. N.Y.C.
SIEGEL COOPER CO Siegel Cooper Co, NY (unassociated with S.C. & Co., Chicago)
SILVERTONE Sears Roebuck & Co.
SQUARE DEAL DISC  A.D. Matthews’ Sons, Brooklyn
STERLING W.J. Dyer & Bro., St. Paul, Minnesota (c.1905)
SUPERTONE Sears Roebuck & Co., then to ..
SUPERTONE Straus & Schram Chicago
SYMPHONOLA  Larkin Co. Inc.
TALK-O-PHOTO Talking Photo Co, NY
THE THOMAS RECORD Shayne Distributing Co
THE THOMAS RECORD John M. Smythe Merchandising Co.
TREMONT S.H. Kress (thence to ROMEO)
UNIVERSAL Elion Brothers Furniture Co., El Paso TX (1928-30)
VIM RECORD The Vim Co., Chicago Illinois
WISE  The Wise Company New York N.Y.

 

Great Britain

ADELPHI  pressed by the Aeolian Co. for an unknown music store in the Midlands. About 20 issues known.
APOLLO Pressed by Edison Bell for Constantin Craies & Co, London
ARIEL J.G. Graves, Sheffield
BALLITO Ballito Hosiery Mills Ltd
BELTONA  pressed by Aeolian initially for Murdoch Trading Co, a Piano firm.
BOOTS  The Good Health Army-the Men from Boots! (The Chemists)
BROADCAST JUNIOR 6″ for Woolworths
BUTLIN Holiday Camps, Hi-De-Hi!
CHAMPION-GAMAGE  pressed by Homochord for the A.W. Gamage store in London.
COLISEUM  pressed by Aeolian for William Cooper Bros. of London.
CURRY’S pressed for the cycle firm of that name. Later issues are simply Piccadilly issues with Currys labels pasted over.
ECLIPSE  produced for Woolworths by Crystalate.
EMBASSY produced for Woolworths by Oriole
(THE) EMPIRE Metropolitan Chain Stores Ltd
(THE NEW) EMPIRE RECORD Manufacturers’ Accessories Co Ltd
EXCELDA Bornand Freres, London
EXO Moorhouse Ltd, Lancashire
FORCE WHEAT FLAKES tiny records for which one collected tokens-but only in UK.
FOYLOPHONE Foyle’s Music Co, London
GAMAGE  pressed by Homochord for the A.W. Gamage store in London.
GUARDSMAN possibly pressed for (but certainly distributed by) Messrs Lugtons of London. Another label from the Aeolian “stable”.
HUNTING BY EAR Hunting calls for H.F. & G. Witherby Ltd, London
KEY pressed for the London department store, Selfridge’s.
KILDARE Apparently only sold through Selfridges
LEVAPHONE produced byLevy’s of London for sale in their own shop
LEWIS’S LONG LIFE For Lewis’s Ltd
LITTLE MARVEL Another for Woolworths
LUDGATE  pressed for Dollond and Aitcheson (?), a London firm.
LYONS CORNER HOUSE A chain of Tea Shops
MARSPEN Marks and Spencer
MAYFAIR  pressed for Ardath cigarettes
MIMOSA  pressed for Woolworths
MY RECORD Louis Marks & Co Ltd (Swansea), in 1978 no less, 6″ vinyl.
OGDEN SMITH For the same
OLYMPIC RECORD For Levy’s Phono & Cycle Stores, Whitechapel
ORIOLE produced byLevy’s of London for sale in their own shop
PEACOCK produced for Peacock’s, a Midlands department store.
PEROPHONE Lockwoods, London
PORTLAND pressed by Edison Bell for Currys
REX Pressed by Crystalate for Marks & Spencer
ROBEYPHONE G. Robey, Coventry
SELFRIDGES Various labels including Selfridges Crown Perfect Record and Selfridges Souvenir Record.
SIEMENS Advertising record for the same
SILVER KING Golf tips for the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works.
SONGS OF WILD BIRDS Bird calls for H.F. & G. Witherby Ltd, London
VALKYRE Catesby’s Ltd, London department store
VICTORY (7″)  pressed by Crystalate Co for Woolworths
WESTPORT  pressed by Edison Bell for Curry’s
WHITEHEADS A store?
WHITLEY  W. Whitely Ltd, London
WITHERBY’S SOUND GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS Bird calls for H.F. & G. Witherby Ltd, London
WYKES BLUE SEAL R.P. Wykes, Northampton

 
 

Australasia

ARCADIA  Edments Ltd.
BEEDA  Allen & Co., Melbourne (records pressed in Canada & U.S.)
BON MARCHE  Payne’s Bon Marche, Melbourne (records pressed in Britain & U.S.)
CAMDEN  Sydney (pasted over British Vocalion)
BUCKINGHAMS Sydney (pasted over British Vocalion)
ELECTRON  Coles Stores
EMBASSY  Coles Stores
FOSSEY’S  Fossey’s Stores (pasted over U.S. Regal & Oriole)
GAIETY  Craig Williamson Ltd., Melbourne
GIBSONA  Gibson’s, Sydney
GOLDEN TONGUE  Craig Williamson Ltd., Melbourne
HERALD E W Pidgeon & Co, N.Z.
KALOPHONE  Beale & Co. (records pressed in Germany)
KISMET  Woolworth’s
LILY OF THE VALLEY  McWhirter’s, Brisbane (records pressed in Germany)
MASTERPIECE  Franklin’s, Melbourne (pasted over U.S. Cameo)
MELOTONE  Foy & Gibson’s (no connection with later U.S. label)
MINSTREL E W Pidgeon & Co, N.Z.
MUSIPHONE  Craig Williamson Ltd, Melbourne (pasted over British Duophone)
PALING’S  W.H. Paling & Co., Sydney (records pressed in Canada)
POSSUM  Allan & Co., Melbourne (records pressed in Britain)
REALTONE  Sydney Jackson, Melbourne (pasted over British Beltona)
REGENT  Selridge’s, Sydney
SERENOLA  Anthony Horden & Sons, Sydney (pasted over U.S. Gennett)
SIMOLIAN  Mick Simmons Stores, Sydney (pasted over U.S. Banner & Gennett and Canadian Apex)
STARR  Coles Stores (not the Canadian Starr)
STERLING  Farmers Stores, Sydney
THE CAPITOL Mockler Bros, Bathurst (MOCKLERS SPECIAL)
WORTH  Woolworth’s Stores

 
 

Europe

ALBERTI SPEZIAL RECORD Germany, sold by Musik- und
Schallplattengeschäft Alberti, Berlin
BU-SCHA Germany, Bund deutscher Schallplattenfreunde, a subscription
mail-order business, Berlin
CLANGOR Germany, Schallplatten-Volksverband, a subscription mail-order
business, Berlin
CTC Cape-to-Cairo Bazaar
DE-GE-BE Germany, Deutsche Buchgemeinschaft, a subscription mail-order
business, Berlin
ELTAG Germany, Leonard Tietz department store label, Berlin
HERTIE Hermann Tietz
KADEWELT Germany, Kaufhaus des Westens department store label, Berlin
SCHWEIZER MUSIKHAUS Germany, for record store of same name, Berlin
TELEVOX Germany, made for record store of same name, Berlin
V.d.M. Germany, Volksverband der Musikfreunde, a subscription
mail-order business, Berlin
WOOLCO Germany, label of the Woolworth department store chain