Columbia Graphophone Co. Ltd. was one of the earliest gramophone companies in the United Kingdom . Founded in 1917 as an offshoot of the American Columbia Phonograph Company, it became an independent British-owned company in 1922 in a management buy-out after the parent company went into receivership.
- January 1973; 50 years ago
- 13 February 1917; 106 years ago
- United Kingdom
In 1922, the Columbia Graphophone Company sold its stock in the British affiliate, and the American parent was reorganized as the "Columbia Phonograph Company, Inc." In March 1925, the British affiliate took control of U.S. Columbia. Discs produced between 1924-1932 credit the "Columbia Phonograph Company, Inc.", but technically the "Columbia ...
Record / electronics company founded on the 13th Feb 1917. Legal entity behind the Columbia imprint from 1917 to 1965 (in the majority of countries outside the US). Note that the change from Columbia-Rena Record to Columbia Record in October 1915 preceded the formation of the Columbia Graphophone Company Ltd., and the first British Columbia records credit the Columbia Graphophone Company ...
A Columbia "Precision" Graphophone, a cylinder model sold in France, 1901 The Graphophone was the name and trademark of an improved version of the phonograph. It was invented at the Volta Laboratory established by Alexander Graham Bell in Washington, D.C., United States.
Founded in 1917 as an offshoot of the American Columbia Phonograph Company, it became an independent British-owned company in 1922 in a management buy-out after the parent company went into receivership. In 1925, it acquired a controlling interest in its American parent company to take advantage of a new electrical recording process.
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American Graphophone, successor to the Bell-Tainter interests, was by this time a mere shell of a company, but Easton recognized the value of its patents. In 1895, freed from the constraints of the North American contract, Columbia opened its first office and studio outside the Washington area, in New York City.