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Selection by Label Name A-Z --- What's New? --- All Labelographies at this site
Labelography defined: - What is a Labelography?

      Purposes/Goals of this set of 31 pages: --- 272 different record companies / 572 scans
    1) Show every variety of 78/LP/45 label used by a Wisconsin based record company in my own extensive multi-genre collection of recordings by Wisconsin artists and groups.
    2) Show every variety of 78/LP/45 label used by Wisconsin musicians, whether they recorded on a Wisconsin label or not.
    2a) A "Wisconsin musician" is defined on this Web site as one who lived in Wisconsin at one time in their life, regardless of where they lived at the time of the recording.
    3) Clicking the link (if there is one) for the label company name shown below each scan goes to the label discography created here. This makes these pages a "Pictorial Index" to those discographies. The ultimate goal is to create a label discography to match every scan shown here.

      What is not here:
    78/LP/45 labels usually use the same general format for many different released titles. As every CD cover, Cassette J-Card, 8-Track stick-on-label, VHS box, and DVD case is unique for every title, those formats are not included on these pages.

      Still a Work in Progress ... As I have time, I plan to add here scans of every different label in my collection. Due to my scanner, each scan is an involved process. The following page has absolutely nothing to do with music. It is just the laborious process required for each new scan: How to rotate and crop label scans .


Selection by Label Name (Graphical Selection by Label Scans) - top / bottom of page |
|   A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N  |
|   O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z - 0-9 - Picture Sleeves  |
|   78 label scans   |   Label Bibliography   |   Other on-line Labelographies:   |

* = Non-Wisconsin label which released at least one recording by a Wisconsin musician
(nn/nn) = the number of record companies on this page / number of scans on this page. For Dialup users, the page loading may take awhile.

    |    |   (--/30) | Unknown Label Names / Self Released? / Self Produced? --- Unique? |

    | A |   (19/33) | A&M* | ABC-Paramount* | Ad Presents* | Age of Aquarius | Airkraftian | Ajax* | Aleatoric* | American (Cuca) | American Artists* | American Investment | American Melody* | Appleton | Arista* | Atlantic Jazzlore* | Audem* | Audio Phonic | Audiophile | Audiotek* | AVI* |
    | B |   (18/30) | Balloon | Bananas | Bear Creek | Beer City | Bel-Aire* | Birdie | Blackhole | Blarney | Blue Baby | Blue Eagle | Blue Ridge | Boat | Bojo | Breezeway | Briar* | Bright | Bulge | Buzdum |
    | C |   (17/49) | Cadet | Cap* | Capitol* | Capricorn* | Castalia | Castle | Chalet* | Citation | Collector* | Columbia* | Continental | Cornbelt | Coulee | Count | Couth Youth | Crusada | Cuca |
    | D |   (12/19) | Dali* | Dare* | Decca* | Demo | Design (Pickwick)* | Domino | Don-Joe Polkas* | Dot* | Double Eagle | Draeger | Dunhill* | Dyno |
    | E |   (08/11) | Edelweiss | End of the Trail | Energy* | Enjoy* | Epic* | Epicenter | Ermine | Excel |
    | F |   (14/24) | Fantasy* | Fiddle Sticks | Fidelity Sound* | Fiends Club | Fire | Flame | Flying Fish* | Folk-Legacy* | Folkways* | Forester George | Fortune* | Fossil | Fox River | Freckle* |
    | G |   (05/11) | Gibbs | GNP Crescendo* | Gold | Greenhays* | GRT* |
    | H |   (09/16) | Hal Leonard | Happy Time | HG | Hi* | Hindsight* | HLF* | Homegrown | Homestead | Hopewell* |
    | I |   (06/09) | Icebergg | IMR | Insight* | Intrepid* | I.R.S.* | Island Exchange |
    | J |   (11/14) | Jack Rabbit* | Jaro* | Jay Jay* | JBM Sound | Jewel* | Jocur | Johnny Dollar* | Jolly Dutchman (Cuca) | June Appal* | Just Think |
    | K |   (10/18) | Kama Sutra* | Kandy | Kapp* | Key | Kick-Off | King (Gusto)* | KL | Kovac | KRB | KWB |
    | L |   (09/10) | Lawrence U. | LB (Blue Eagle) | Leaf | Le Ron | Lilyfern | Lindy | Lombardi | Long | Love Day |
    | M |   (19/31) | Makin' Jam | Mammoth | Maple Twig | MCA* | MCA Coral* | MCM | Mean Mountain | Mega* | Mercury* | Mercury Wing* | Metro (MGM)* | MGM* | Michaels | Michigan Archives* | Midget* | Modern* | Mono | Moo Town | Mountain Railroad |
    | N |   (09/12) | Nas Drovia* | Nationwide* | New (N.E.W. or NEW) | New Phoenix | North Star Appli. (NSA) | North Star | Northland | Norton* | Nuggett* |
    | O |   (03/06) | Old Homestead* | Old Tyme Jamboree* | Olivia* |
    | P |   (17/33) | P.D.B. | Pacific Cascade* | Page | Pageant | Pal. | Pathways of Sound* | Pentagon | Pfau | Philips (Mercury)* | Pickwick/33 (Capitol)* | Pickwick/33 (Dot)* | Plowboy | Polka King (Radiant) | Polkaland | Polka-Time | Polkatime | Pop |
    | Q |   (1/1) | Quill* |
    | R |   (19/34) | Racon | Rainbow | Ramblin' (Rounder)* | Raven | Raynard | RCA Camden* | RCA Victor* | RCB | Red House* | Reflection | Reflector | Reprise* | Rerun | Ribbit | Rollo | Rounder* | Royal American* | Rusty Rose | RY |
    | S |   (20/25) | Sandy* | Sandy Hook* | Sara (Cuca) | Scepter* | Second Wave* | Slash* | Soda Jerk* | Soma* | Soul* | Spectacular | Spin | Spruce Tree | Squeezebox | Stacy* | Star Light | Studio Sound | Sunblind | Sunnyvale* | SuperSonic Refrige* | Swing Rock |
    | T |   (20/28) | Tangent | Target | Teen Town | Tee Pee | Tevar* | Thrushwood* | TJB | TK* | Tomorrow River | Tool Room | Tornado* | Touch and Go* | Toward* | Trade Wind | Train on the Island* | Transaction | Traveler | Trick Knee | TRX* | Turtle Creek* |
    | U |   (04/08) | United Artists* | Universal City* | USA | UW-Madison |
    | V |   (06/09) | V* | Valley | Vera | Verve* | VM | Vocalion* |
    | W |   (13/20) | Warner Bros.* | Weary Wolf | Wheatland* | Willow | Win-Mil | Window | Windspirit | Wisconsin Folklife Center | Wisconsin Power & Light Co. | Wisconsin Polka Tunes (Northland) | Wisconsin Public Radio | Wolf River | Wright |
    | X |  
    | Y |   (02/02) | Yesterday's Memories | You Guys* |
    | Z |  
    | 0-9 |   (01/01) | 20th Century |
Picture Sleeves (every label here is also listed above)
    | PS |   (--/86) | A | Armada | B | Beer City | Birdie | Boat | Bulge | C | Coulee | Crusada | F | Fiddle Sticks | Fossil | I | IMR | J | Just Think | K | Key | L | Long | M | Makin' Jam | Mean Mountain | N | Norton | R | Raynard | Rerun | S | Soda Jerk | Spin | SuperSonic Refrige* | T | Touch and Go* | Trick Knee | Y | You Guys | Unknown | Honor Among Thieves |


      78 label scans shown here because I either own a copy (**), or a scan was E-Mailed to me by a friend:
| Audiophile ** | Decca ** | Pfau | Polkaland | RCA Victor ** |

      All known Wisconsin based 78 labels which, except as noted, have no scan here. The initial list is courtesy of the Mills Music Library at UW-Madison [http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/wmaguide.htm#guiderec (page deleted)]. The links below go to the information I have (if anything) about each label.

  1. Andoll - Baraboo
  2. Audiophile - Saukville - 78 scan
  3. Chord - Milwaukee
  4. Demo - Milwaukee - 45 scan
  5. Disk Jockey - Sheboygan
  6. Elginola - Milwaukee
  7. Helvetia - Monroe
  8. Ken-Tone - Milwaukee
  9. Leaf - Janesville - 45 scan
  10. Mermaid - Milwaukee
  11. Mono - Milwaukee - 45 scans
  12. Pageant - Juneau - 45 scans
  13. Paramount - Port Washington
  14. Pfau - Milwaukee - 78 scan
  15. Polkaland - Sheboygan - 78 scan
  16. Polonia - Milwaukee
  17. Potter - Potter
  18. Raynard - Milwaukee - LP, 45 scans
  19. Schusters - Milwaukee
  20. Star - Milwaukee
  21. Starline - Milwaukee
  22. Tell - Madison

    Sub-labels of Paramount listed at: Paramount Records Discography:

  23. Broadway - Port Washington
  24. Famous - Port Washington
  25. Puritan - Port Washington
        Sorting Out Puritan [Archive] by Allan Sutton (article and labelography)

Label Bibliography:

    Books I own:  
  1. 1947, RCA Victor 1948 Record Catalog: Classical and Popular {A}
  2. 1978, The American Record Label Book, 1st ed., Brian Rust {A}
  3. 1984, The American Record Label Book (updated reprint), Brian Rust {A}
  4. 1992, The Ultimate Guide to Independent Record Labels and Artists: An A-To-Z Source of Great Music, Norman Schreiber {A}
  5. 1994, National Directory of Record Labels & Music Publishers, Barbara Taylor {A}
  6. 1996, National Directory of Record Labels & Music Publishers, Barbara Taylor, Michael Peterson {A}  
  7. 1998, Note the Notes: An Illustrated History of the Columbia 78 rpm Record Label: 1901-1958, by Michael W. Sherman, Kurt R. Nauck III {A}  
  8. 2000, The A-Z of Record Labels, 1st ed., Brian Southall {A}  
  9. 2003, The A-Z of Record Labels, 2nd ed., Brian Southall {A}  
  10. 2004, Trumpet Records: Diamonds on Farish Street, by Marc. W. Ryan {A}  
  11. 2008, Ace Records: Labels Unlimited, by David Stubbs {A}

Other on-line Labelographies:

  1. American Vintage Record Labelography (AVRL) This was started in 1993 by Kurt Kauck and others, and later renamed to American National Discography (AND). It was an official Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) project worked on by many people, but eventually abandoned in 2006 due to lack of continued funding.
  2. Homeless Blues: Blues Labelography -- (1)
  3. Jelsoft Enterprises - A small Columbia / CBS labelography -- (1)
  4. Mercury Records Collection: Label Variations
  5. Nauck's Vintage Records - 78rpm Label Varieties (Kurt Nauck)
          Brunswick - Columbia - OKeh - Victor - Vocalion - Zonophone
  6. Ron Penndorf's Labelographies
    1. Blue Note Labelography (1951-1978)
    2. Columbia Masterworks Labelography (1948-1970)
    3. London Classical ffrr/ffss Labelography (1949-1970s)
    4. Mercury Labelography (1949-1970s)
    5. RCA Victor Red Seal Labelography (1950-1976)
  7. The Phil Spector Record Label Gallery [Archive] -- (1)
  8. Phonozoic: Labelography of Home Recording Discs (Patrick Feaster)
  9. Ted Staunton's 78 RPM Record Label Gallery -- (1)
  10. The Stone Collection - Labels (Peter Stone)
    (1) = I could find no E-Mail address on this site to notify them about my link to their site.

On-line Label Lists:

  1. Wikipedia: List of record labels: 0-9 / A-H / I-Q / R-Z
          Record label / Independent record label
  2. AllRecordLabels.com - State Wisconsin (Peter Scott)
          City/State/Province/Country, no mailing addresses. Listings and links to Web sites of currently active labels only, i.e. WI's Paramount, Cuca and Mountain Railroad are not listed. All known Wisconsin labels past and present: by city / by name
  3. AllJazz: Label Abbreviations Used in Catalogs [Archive] -- large list of Record Company names with no information of any kind
  4. Historical Record Label Addresses -- Record Company Addresses (historical, most addresses are not current)

What's New?
      This is a list of new Record Label names added to the "Wisconsin Labelography". I do not keep track of individual scans added for previously listed Labels. I also did not keep track of which Labels were added from this page's installation on 4-01-2010 until 4-26-2010. Thank you to: Global Dog Productions for the idea of creating this list.
      If the "last updated" date changed, but there is no list here for that date, something other than the addition of a new Label changed. Press the BACK button [or ALT/left arrow key] to return to the top of the page.

    04-27-2010
A&M Records -- Los Angeles, CA
Ad Presents Records (Audio Deluxe Records) -- Oelwein, IA
Age of Aquarius Records -- Sauk City
Ajax Records -- Crystal Springs, FL
American Investment Records -- De Soto
American Melody Records -- Guilford, CT
Arista Records -- New York, NY
Atlantic Jazzlore Records -- New York, NY
Audem Records -- Wallkill, NY
Double Eagle -- Saukville


Labelography defined: - What is a Labelography?

      The following tentative definition was submitted to the The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Member Mailing List for discussion or amendment on 1-30-2010. Nothing has been decided yet whether this is the complete and correct definition of the word or not:

A Labelography is: 1. A work (article/book/CD-ROM/Web page) that primarily focuses on LP/45/78 label photographs/scans. It can be used for showing labels for just one record company or many. 2. A Discography covering many labels, which may or may not include photographs/scans.

An expanded Labelography definition, still unapproved or verified as correct by anybody.

1. A Discography documenting many different record companies.

2. A work (book/article/CD-ROM/Web page) that primarily focuses on 78/LP/45 label photographs/scans.

3. By extension, a work documenting labels of any other kind, such as those applied to fruit crates, or cigar labels or canning labels.
    See: The Label Man [Archive]

      Kurt Nauck and others used the term in 1993 for the American Vintage Record Labelography (AVRL), a label-based discography. ARSC List members have reported possible uses of the term Labelography in 1933 or 1936 or Gramophone, or American Record Guide or American Music Lover, but no exact references have been found yet.


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