The blue-lettered ‘half label’ stuck over Regal G-7616 is from another separate venture or disposal; these were sold in Australia by an unknown vendor.
So some Camdens will be electrically recorded, and some by the old mechanical system.
Therefore there might be as many as three ‘waves’ of Cameo: the first (C- series), probably the largest one, sold by Gilberts, probably to exhaustion; then a second batch (Z-) which may or may not have gone via Gilberts, and dating perhaps to late 1918; then a final wave (Z-) in say mid-1921.
The copyright stamp on the Regal can be seen under the label of Z-79.
The first ‘wave’ of Cameos were sold by G Gilbert & Co. None bore artiste credit, simply describing the performance: ‘song’, ’band’ &c.
of Sheffield, at just 1/- (5p) each, a very attractive price, as during the war, the price of records – and everything else – gradually rose. Frank discovered that the Z- series seen above consisted only of Regals deleted in August 1918 and March 1921.
All Cameo labels are stuck over Columbia-Rena, Regal and Phoenix records.
The Columbia concern evidently had large stocks of these to clear, and as Frank tells us that the trade mark Cameo was registered to Columbia in 1915, they must have gone about it in a logical way.
It is the latter that qualifies them to appear on this page.
There was also a light blue label of the same design with dark blue printing. Cameo records date from December 1916 to as late as 1921 – but were probably not continuously available during that period.