. . . . . . . . Dinosaur Discs Magazine September 2017 No. 110
This mini information magazine on old records is issued monthly and covers many aspects of collecting 78rpm records
Unusual Labels

This label, clearly a pirate label, dates from 1932.
It turns out to be a simple paper label stuck over a Decca recording.
The title is fictitious, as is, of course, the artist name 'Kinson.'
The band is that of Roy Fox. It is Decca F3331 with the numbers Wanderer, and Dreaming. The Decca matrices are easily visible


Old Record Shops

Len Court's The Old Record
Once in May Road Twickenham, but sadly no more. Len was a gentleman who sold records by post via his lists, but also welcomed visitors, I suspect to clear his junk. These days, he would have made a great internet dealer.
However, he also had plenty of rarities in his shop, though we always started with those in the window, which somehow never frazzled in any London sun, and the rows in the sideway outside his shop. But when this was done, you could always try the shelves in his main shop in front of his counter. His speciality was rare classical material, so my usual ploy was simply to ask where any new stock was in the non classical line.
He did know a lot about all types of records, but tended not to value too highly the music hall records I particularly was after. It was on one celebrated occasion in the 1970s that he had fresh in about fifty Billy Williams mint records, obviously from some decrepit shop that had failed to sell them, and these were snapped up- Coliseum, Scala and other 1920's reissues of his songs. As I recall they were 50p each.
Another famous moment came when my parents accompanied us, as they often did. My mother picked up a pile of records I had put aside for Len to price, and she couldn't decipher the Columbia record too well. Indeed the label was badly worn but she started to spell out loud the letters and I had to shush her once she had got to H- A- R- R- Y--- C- H-. Good sport that he was, as I had been picking through the junk piles, Len said all the records today were 25p each. My mother had the last laugh though, she'd gone off round Twickenham and found some rarities in a junk shop further down the road.
One other occasion, I was allowed into the inner sanctum, where we had previously only glimpsed his treasure store of rare discs. I wonder where they all went to?

March 1959. Some snippets from the trade paper The Stage, about those who made 78's and who were still not resting at the end of the Fifties.

Trade cards included the familiar ones of Clarkson Rose, Albert Burdon, Billy Danvers ("always funny"), Max Miller, Tommy Fields ("freelance"), Ivy Benson and Girls' Orchestra, and Kitty McShane; newer acts included Harry Secombe, Ronnie Carroll ("Personal manager Eddie Lee"), and Lester Ferguson.
Snippets on the Variety page include the sad news that Grock, aged 78, collapsed with a heart condition after appearing on a tv programme in Milan. More sad news was that the Sunderland Palace, opened as a music hall in 1891, and turned into a cinema in 1925, but closed for over two years "is being demolished. The site will be used for a block of offices and shops." Another death recorded was that of Haydn Wood at the age of 76, whose most famous composition, Roses of Picardy, was said to have sold over 50,000 copies a month during the Great War.
On a happier note, the Vaudeville Golfing Society's first match of the season against the London Evening News resulted in a win for the team, with individual wins for, amongst others, George Buck, Dickie Henderson, Alf Pearson and Leslie Sarony. Jack Hodges was one of those who scored a half.
On his first visit to Scotland for perhaps 18 years was 49 year old Richard Hearne, at least that was the belief of writer Gordon Irving who recalled a wartime performance of his in Panama Hattie with Bebe Daniels and Claud Hulbert.
In London, past King Rat Clarkson Rose wrote of the Cavalcade of Kings, a special cabaret to mark the 70th anniversary of the Water Rats. Bud Flanagan proposed the toast, Ted Ray proposed The Guests and of course there were sketches recreating past glories, including Georgie Wood, almost inevitably, he did a Will Hay school scene. Veteran Albert Whelan was given "a great reception", with the climax of the show Tommy Trinder adlibbing. Clarkson Rose also recalled some great Rats of the past: Joe Elvin, founder, "the incarnation of generosity," Little Tich, "strangely reserved, as popular at the Paris Alhambra as he was at the Putney Hippodrome," Harry Tate "one of the greatest humorists of all time," Charles Austin, six times King Rat, "who once stood up in the front row of the stalls at a Lyceum pantomime and shouted Luvly Clarkie Boy," George d'Albert "an elegant light comedian," Talbot O'Farrell "what a great showman he was," George Jackley "with a nature as big as his voice."
Band leaders in the news included Joe Loss at Malvern every Saturday night. An enterprising British Railways put on a late night train at midnight to enable dancers to return home to Worcester each Saturday from March 14th to May 16th. Nat Gonella was reported as being in the final stages of forming his new Georgians, including drummer Kenny Harrison and guitarist Garry Hart. Herne Bay on March 28th was their scheduled first booking before a summer season in Jersey

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