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Revised 12/3/13

DECCA
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1954-1981

Labels

Straight Logo
Thick Tri-centre

Straight Logo
Thick Tri-centre

Straight Logo
Thin tri-centre

 Curved Logo I
Thick tri-centre

F 10168 -  1954
to
F 10302 - 1954

F 10293 - 1954
to
F 10419 - 1954

F 10448 - 1955
to
F 10493 - 1955

F 10372 - 1954
to
F 10452 - 1955

The name "Decca" dates back to a portable gramophone called the "Decca Dulcephone" patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd. and then sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within years Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself "The Supreme Record Company".
Decca bought out the bankrupt UK branch of Brunswick Records in 1932, which added such stars as Bing Crosby and Al Jolson to its roster. Decca also bought out the Melotone and Edison Bell record companies. By 1939, Decca and EMI were the only record companies in the UK.
In late 1934, a United States branch of Decca was launched. In establishing the American unit, the founders bought the former Brunswick Records pressing plants from Warner Bros. in exchange for a financial interest in the new label. Decca became a major player in the depressed American record market thanks to its roster of popular artists, particularly Bing Crosby. Dissatisfied with American Decca's promotion of British Decca recordings and because American Decca held the rights to the name Decca in the US and Canada, British Decca sold its records in the United States and Canada under the label London Records beginning in 1947.
PolyGram acquired the remains of Decca UK within days of Sir Edward Lewis's death in January 1980. British Decca's pop catalogue was taken over by Polydor Records.

 

Curved Logo I
Thin tri-centre

 Curved Logo II
Tri-centre

Curved Logo III
Round centre

Boxed logo
Round centre

F 10453 - 1955
to
F 10819 - 1956

F 10825 - 1956
to
F 11149 - 1959

F 11159 - 1959
to
F 12496 - 1966

F 12497 - 1966
to
F 13899 - 1980

 

Injection moulded

Injection moulded

Retro label

F 13901 - 1981
to
.

FR 13591
Reissue early 1980's

Reissues 1978-1979

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Sleeves

Range

Front

Back

Details

No 1

1954
to 
.

Buff paper
Small hole

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 2 a

.
to 
.

Yellow
Small hole

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 2 b

.
to 
apr 1958

Orange
Small hole

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 2 c

.
to 
.

Pale orange
Small hole

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 3

.
to 
apr 1958

Pale orange
Mediun hole

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 4

apr 1958
to 
F 11135 - jun 1959

Large hole

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 5

F 11136 - jun 1959
to
.

Rectangles added
Buff paper
Front

.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 6

.
to
F 11200 - jan 1960

Rectangles added
Buff paper
Front

.

. Ref 19C

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 7

F 11205 - jan 1960
to
F 11270 - oct 1960

Light orange
Front
.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 8

F 11275 - oct 1960
to
.

Brownish orange
Front
.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 9

.
to
F 11441 - mar 1962

Brownish orange
Front
.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 10

F 11442 - mar 1962
to
.

Bright reddish orange
Front

.

 

 Cut straight

 Inside glued

 

No 11

.
to
.

Bright orange
Front
.

. Ref 19B

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 12

.
to
.

Orange - higher cut
Front

.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 13

.
to
F 12536 - nov 1966

Bright orange - higher cut
Front
.

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

 

No 14

Export sleeve ?

 

 Curved top

 Inside glued

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No 15

F 12537 - nov 1966
to
F 13035 - 1970

Curved - high top
Front of sleeve:

Vertical both sides:

. Ref 19

 Curved top - high top

 Inside glued

 

 No 16

 1968
to
.

The two waves at the back
Front of sleeve:

Vertical both sides

. Ref 19a

 Wavy top

 Glued left/right

 

 No 17

F 13251 - 1971

Advertising
Marmalade LP
"Songs" (SKL 5111)

 

 Wavy top

 Glued left/right

 

No 18

 F 13327 - 1972
to
F 13453 - 1973

The two waves at the front
Front of sleeve:

Vertical on the front,
Horizontal on the back

 

 Wavy top

 Glued bottom/right

 

No 19

 F 13454 - 1973
to
F 13591 - 1975

High top
Front of sleeve:

Vertical both sides

 

 Cut straight - high top

 Glued left/right

 

No 20

 F 13592 - 1975
to
F 13716 - 1977

Thicker paper
Front of sleeve:

Missing both sides

 

 Cut straight

 Glued left/right

 

No 21

F 13717 - 1977
to
.

Highest point at the back
Front of sleeve:

Missing on the front,
Vertical on the back

 

 Curved top

 Glued left/right

 

No 22

.
to
.

Highest point at the back
Front of sleeve:

Vertical both sides

 

 Curved top

 Glued left/right

 

No 23

.
to
F 13899 - 1980

Highest point at the front
Front of sleeve:

Vertical both sides

 

 Curved top

 Glued left/right

 

Reissues 1970s

R 1

F 10084
to
.

 

 Cut straight - high top

 Glued left/right

 

R 2

.
to
.

 

 Curved top

 Glued left/right

 

Reissues 1980s

R 3

.
to
.

Textured finish 

 

 Cut straight

 Inside glued

 

 

Reissues 1980s

 

 

Christmas

1978

FR 13819

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact for corrections
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Thanks to Tony Dowsett, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Alan White, Doncaster, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Ade Macrow, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Karl-Heinz Decker, Germany for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bill Williams, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Jim Barnes - Top 40 Research - Australia  for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bob Lyons, England for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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