Fieldwood Heritage Society
Canning, Kings County, Nova Scotia
Regal Zonophone MR-3523
Made in England
(above) Echoing Hills Yodel Back to Me
Montana Slim 78rpm record Regal Zonophone MR-3523
(below) When the White Azaleas Start Blooming
Library stock number A208
Regal Zonophone MR-3523
Label diameter: 3 inches (7.5cm)
Record diameter: 9 7/8 inches (25.1cm)
Playing speed: 77.92 revolutions per minute
The standard playing speed for a "78rpm" record was 78.26rpm in Canada
and the United States, where the electric power systems operate at 60Hz.
In Great Britain (this Regal Zonophone record was made in England)
the electric power system operates at 50Hz, and the standard
playing speed for a 78rpm record was 77.92rpm.
...(the exact speed was 78.26rpm for 60Hz power and 77.92rpm for 50Hz power)...
Bill's 78rpm Beginner's Page
...The speed of 78rpm was not standardised until the widespread use of electricity (supplied by central electric power systems) during the 1930s. The actual speeds were standardised at 78.26rpm in the US and 77.92rpm in the UK; the differences being due to the use of constant speed (synchronous) motors which were locked to the commercial electric power frequency...
Regal Zonophone Records was a British record label formed in 1932,
through a merger of British Regal Records and Zonophone.
It was a subsidiary of EMI (Electric and Musical Industries,
the world's largest recording company for decades).
Zonophone and Regal Zonophone (1)
Zonophone and Regal Zonophone (2)
by Douglas Hamilton of NSW, Australia
The Regal Zonophone Label
Regal Zonophone Labels
This site has good images of eleven variations
of the Regal Zonophone label (text is in Russian
but the images are not language dependent).
Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Regal Zonophone Australian Label
Regal Zonophone New Zealand Label
EMI: A brief history
by the BBC
The History of Nipper and His Master's Voice
by Erik Østergaard
A Brief Chronological History of EMI
In 1971 Electric & Musical Industries Ltd
changed its name to EMI Ltd.
A Brief History of EMI
The History of EMI Music
by Tony Locantro
To avoid bankruptcy, the Gramophone Company and its arch-rival
the Columbia Graphophone Company merged in April 1931
to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI).
The last new 78rpm record on EMI labels was issued in Britain in 1960.
Early in 1962 EMI notified the retail trade that all 78rpm records
in their catalogue would be withdrawn after March 31, 1962.
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