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Edison Bell

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Gramophone needles.

of 39 Charing Cross Road, London

James Hough, originally a British importer of American cylinder phonographs in the 1890s used the brand Edison Bell for machines and records which he began to manufacture at his own works in Peckham, London. In an industry dominated by American offshoots, Edison Bell flew the flag as a thoroughly British firm with fine no-gimmicks products inspiring brand loyalty among discerning buyers.

1901 The Edison Bell Consolidated Phonograph Co was registered on 3 December, in reconstruction of exactly similar title, to acquire certain patent rights. [1]

1914 Makers of gramophone records. Employees 160. [2]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - additional late entry. Manufacturers of Wireless Receiving Apparatus, and Component Parts of all kinds. (Stand No. MM.47) [3]

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Edison Bell Works
  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1929 British Industries Fair Pink Insert Page 3