Today I did something I usually don't do - play all my discs from one label, more or less. In this case, the Arto/Bell group, which operated through the 1920s. If anyone cares about esoteric record company history, Arto was formed first, and soon began making records for the W.T. Grant chain store, whose record label was called Bell. Ironically, Arto folded after a few years, but Bell lasted a decade; the later issues were pressed by the Plaza record group and Gennett. Arto / Bell's one big hit was "Arkansas Blues" by Lucille Hegamin. It was leased and issued by about a dozen labels; I have it on the obscure Famous label, which was apparently pressed by Paramount. (The relationships between record labels in the 1920s can bafflingly complex.)
My one Arto, by Hegamin, a popular vaudeville blues singer, is pictured above. I have some really nice Bells, by the Original Memphis Five, the California Ramblers (as Golden Gate Orchestra), the Original Indiana Five (as the Red Hot Syncopators), and the anonymous but excellent Superior Jazz Band. I also have a fun little oddity - a 1924 demonstration record called "Broadcasting Grant's Greetings." It's a simulated radio broadcast with the announcer extolling the value and superiority of Bell records. The flip side is a dance band.