Columbia Label

There are many labels featuring the Trademark, Columbia.

Columbia UK

The US company, the Columbia Phonograph Company, General, of New York established a branch in Britain in 1900.

Columbia UK had been producing single sided records from a plant at Earlsfield in Surrey since June 1906, and double-sided records eventually appeared on the market in December 1907 (D.68 upwards), although some earlier double-sided issues were made on time with ordinary single-sided Columbia labels and numbers, and later issued as D.1 to D.67.

In December 1909 Columbia UK began issuing records bearing the Rena name.

In October 1910 the Rena label was abandoned, and all records were issued under the Columbia-Rena label, continuing to use the Rena series of numbers. In March 1913 Columbia changed its name to The Columbia Graphophone Company, New York-London. In February 1914 Columbia began issuing budget priced records on the Regal label, and many Columbia titles were re-released on Regal.

In October 1915, the Rena part of the label name was dropped. In wartime 1916, the British Government passed laws banning non-essential imports, stopping flow of all Columbia recordings from the USA, which led to the formation of a British based Columbia company in February 1917 – The Columbia Graphophone Co Ltd . In early 1923 the British company became independent of the American Company. In 1932 EMI was formed by a merger between Columbia and HMV.

Columbia Australia

Columbia began record production in 🔗 🔗 Australia at the Columbia factory in Homebush, Sydney, in late June 1926.

In January, 1930, Columbia announced a reduction in prices for most records, as well as the transferring of some light-blue labelled discs to dark-blue labels. Purple labelled discs were demoted to light-blue, and the purple label was discontinued.

Columbia Graphophone Co. merged with The Gramophone Company (HMV) in 1931, and moved to Columbia’s factory in Homebush.

HELPFUL WEBSITES to assist with Columbia metadata (Opens new windows)
Discography of American Historical Recordings
Wikidiscs (Wikidiscs – the 78rpm Discography Database. Index currently lists 110,163 78rpms)
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Our database currently features 139 recordings on the ‘Columbia’ label by our users:

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default_catalog_record_label 3857 Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night
My Pal Harry
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default_catalog_record_label D.C. 607 Smada
Bensonality
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default_catalog_record_label 5034 My Pet
Saskatchewan
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default_catalog_record_label DW 5030 Three Cent Stomp
New York City Blues
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35297 Muddy River Blues
Wolverine Blues
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35301 Boy Meets Horn
Let’s Dance
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35357 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Ham ‘N Eggs
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35391 How High the Moon
The Fable of the Rose
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35454 Sierra Sue
Tiger Rag
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35571 Stumbling
Estelle
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