78 rpm Record Labels - H
The Hit Record. 1940s. Another label that Eli Oberstein was involved with. Although the labels to the left look similar the one on the right says "Classic Record Company" at the top while the record on the left says "Made by Elite Record Mfgers."
Labels compiled from the collection of Glenn Longwell. Page last updated on November 15, 2010
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Harvard was manufactured by American Graphophone Company (Columbia) for Sears between 1905-07. This is an earlier label variety and is from a 7" single sided record. Sears later replaced Harvard in favor of the Oxford brand (see labels for letter 'O').
Hi-Lo Records, New York, NY. Hi-Lo was a short lived R&B and Gospel label from 1953. This particular record was recorded in May 1953.
High Society Records. This is a party record label. Don't know date.
Hi-Tone Records. Hi-Tone was manufactured by Signature Records (see S record labels). Both red label ones say it was from Derby, CT. The White ones say Shelton, CT - a neighboring town. The yellow record to the left is a children's Hi-Tone record made in Shelton, CT. The label, I believe, was from the 1940s. I don't know if it went into the 50s. The last record above is a green shellac record. I also have examples of orange, red and purple shellac.
Humpty Dumpty Records. New York, NY. Childrens record label. Although it may look red this is an orange record.
Hytone Phonograph Record. 1920-21. Produced by Arto for the Indestructible Phonograph Record Company.
Humor Records. Humor Record Co. New York, NY. This is a repressing of the famous "International Crepitation Contest" originally pressed by Columbia.
Hymntime Records Springfield, MO. Date ?.
Hub. Hub Records Inc. New York, NY. Mid to late 1940s.
H.R.S. New York, NY. H.R.S. stood for Hot Record Society. HRS started as a jazz reissue label in 1937. The record on the left is their first issue. The second record is from their original recording series with this example being from 1945.
Harmony. Harmony was a budget label for Columbia, along with Diva and Velvet Tone. Initially it ran from 1925-1932 which are the first three examples below. The last example is from when it was revived in 1949 by CBS and marketed by Varsity Records.
Harmony (above). This is unrelated to the Harmony above that. This label ran from 1907 to about 1916. Originally for Great Northern Mfg. Co. of Chicago this was like other Chicago brands of the time having an oversized size spindle hole. Harmony was 3/4" in diameter and they also sold Harmony phonographs. Records were initially produced by Hawthorne & Sheble. In 1909 American Graphophone Company (Columbia) took over production. Around 1911 Harmony dropped the Great Northern name and Harmony Talking Machine Co. was used afterwards.
Herald. New York, NY. 1950s. This record is from 1955 and is the first release from The Turbans.
Charles Hicks. Conshohocken, PA. Looks like 1950s but don't know anything about this record.
Hit of the Week. 1930-1932. These were made by Durium Products and were single sided flexible records sold at newstands for 15 cents originally and 20 cents at the end. A new record would arrive at newstands every Thursday. The last image above is the backside of the Rudy Vallee record. Later in their existence HOW put pictures on the backs of some of the records. The Durium Junior is technically not a Hit of the Week record. This is a 4" single sided flexible record used as an advertisement. In this particular case it's for College Humor magazine. The band, the College Humor Trio, starts singing "Banks of the Wabash" but then goes into talking about the magazine.
Harmonia. Harmonia Records Corp. 1940s. Not sure if it went into the 50s.
Hardman. Hardman Record Co. Tulsa, OK. This appears to be late 1940s and out of business by 1950. An ad in the March 13, 1950 Billboard by Hardman Record Co. states "Offered to the highest bidder" "Complete Record Pressing and Recording Equipment" "Practically new make an offer."
Harmograph. Harmograph Talking Machine Company, St. Louis. 1920-25. This label was produced by several manufaturers. The one on the far left was produced by Cameo Record Corporation in 1922. I believe the next two were produced by New York Recording Labs. Interesting that the last example drops "The" from "The Human Echo" and also the location of Harmograph (St. Louis, U.S.A.) along the bottom.
Hilarity Records. Party label. According to David Diehl this is from 1949.
Hot Jazz Club of America. Late 1940s. A jazz reissue label started by Sam Meltzer. There were 125 10" releases and 16 12" releases during its run.
Homestead. 1927-31. Chicago Mail Order Co. This was pressed by several companies - Regal, Scranton, ARC and Crown. This example, I believe, was pressed by Regal/ARC but haven't determined the origin of the master yet.