16 - "UNITED RECORD" Label
78 rpm Records c.1908-1916
by United Talking Machine Co.
Chicago, Illinois
Here are 16 different UNITED RECORD label 78 rpm records from the United Talking Machine Co, Chicago, Ill, c.1908-1916. This was a strictly mail-order phonograph company that sold phonographs with an oversized spindle, a little over 1-3/8" diameter. The only records you could play on them were, incidentally, sold by this same company via mail-order using their UNITED RECORD label.

The United Talking Machine Company didn't actually make phonographs. Instead, they contracted Columbia Graphonola to make them, also in Chicago. As you'd expect, they look very similar to the Columbia phonographs of the period, only with the oversized spindle.

They didn't actually make their own records, either. United bought unused pressings from Columbia Records, punched a bigger hole and pasted their label over Columbia's. Sometimes United changed the artist credit, and sometimes they didn't. All the records offered here are identical to the Columbia catalog, same songs, artists, and catalog numbers. Not too surprising.

That being said, they are laterally cut so you can play them on a regular 78 rpm turntable if you get them centered. I've recorded a few and those titles are linked to mp3 files, if you want to listen.

You can actually watch one play on YouTube HERE.

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A713

GOOD NIGHT MOONLIGHT /
MY PONY BOY
Recorded by the Peerless Quartet
May, 1909
A758

BLITZ AND BLATZ IN AN AEROPLANE
Recorded by Fred Duprez and Bob Roberts
November, 1909

THEN WE'LL ALL GO HOME
Recorded by Eddie Morton
October, 1909
A927

GOOD-BYE, BETTY BROWN
Recorded by Harry Tally
September, 1910

'SCUSE ME TODAY
Recorded by Byron Harlan
October, 1910
A996

I USED TO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES /
THE COTTAGE BY THE SEA
Recorded by Frank Coombs
February 9, 1911
A1036

CONGRESSMAN FILKIN'S HOME-COMING
Recorded by Steve Porter and Byron Harlan
February 10, 1911

THE OLD TIME STREET FAKIR
Recorded by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan
April 20, 1911
A1146

BRASS BAND EPHRAHAM JONES
Recorded by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan
February, 1912

WAY DOWN EAST WHERE I BELONG
Recorded by Byron Harlan
December, 1911
A1169

SHOUT ALL OVER GOD'S HEAVEN /
SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
Recorded by the Apollo Jubilee Quartet
February 26, 1912
A1188

GOING UP WITH THE ELEVATOR MAN /
THE RAGTIME JOCKEY MAN
Recorded by Maurice Burkhart
May, 1912
A1223

KENTUCKY DAYS/
TENNESSE MOON
Recorded by the Peerless Quartet
September, 1909
(This one is cracked)
A1326

ROLLING /
YOU KNOW YOU WON'T
Recorded by the Peerless Quartet
March, 1913
A1358

THEY'VE GOT ME DOING IT NOW
Recorded by Eddy Weston
May 16, 1913

WE'VE GOT A PARROT IN OUR HOUSE
Recorded by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan
May, 1913
A1369

A SONG OF CANADA
Recorded by Andrea Sarto
May, 1913

O, CANADA
Recorded by the Columbia Mixed Quartet
May, 1913
A1371

BARBARA FRIETCHIE
Recorded by Edgar Davenport
January, 1913

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
Recorded by Edgar Davenport
March 13, 1913
A1378

LOVE ME WHILE THE LOVING IS GOOD
Recorded by the Peerless Quartet
July, 1913

SAILING DOWN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
Recorded by Al Campbell and Henry Burr
July, 1913
A1390

LOVE ME /
TWO EYES OF GRAY
Recorded by John Beardsley
1908
A1413

BARNEY TAKE ME HOME AGAIN /
THE SNOWY BREASTED PEARL
Recorded by William Thomas
1913