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"Polonia" (also referred to as "Orbis-Polonia") - recording label of Polish emigre company Orbis (founded in London in 1944, specializing mostly on publishing and selling Polish books). Most of Polonia records are 78 rpms: initially made using masters from "Melodia Record" (USA) (a green-and-golden series, with catalogue numbers from M-1 to at least M-10), later own recordings of emigre Polish artists (the main green-and-golden series, catalogue numbers from 101 up to at least 234; the red-and-golden series of Polish Christmas carols etc., catalogue numbers from K/1 up to at least K/12). The same label was used also for few ELs and LPs.

Original matrices and the same label were used in re-issues made in USA and Australia. Distinctions of them are as follows:

- American release (pressed on RCA Victor facilities for Drzewiecki Co.). Labels do not mention Orbis and do not contain copyright info; instead, there is an inscription below the main text: "Made in U. S. A. for Drzewiecki Co. N. Y. 13, N. Y." Label's gold color is replaced by silver one, and the main theme color (green or red) has a different variation. There is an additional embossed inscription "MADE IN ENGLAND" on the mirror. Today, most of available "Orbis-Polonia" records belong to this release.

- Australian release. Some records show participation of E. M. I. Sales & Services Ltd. (this name and Emidisc logo were found embossed under the label). Labels contain "recorded in England" instead of "made in England". Original indices (catalog CAT.nnn and matrix OP.nnn) are accompanied by new ones: catalog/order PR.nnn and matrix FS.nnn (both types of indexes may coexist or OP.nnn may absent). Design of labels is changed: logo is a bit smaller, the lower part of the label is encircled by a line of the same color which is used for background of upper part. Some records have a "negative" label: instead of gold text and images on green (red) background, there are green (red) text and images on white background. The mirror also contains new FS-nnn index, whereas the old one OP-nnn may be missing.

Some "Orbis-Polonia" records were also re-issued by other companies under their own labels (such as PO-nnn series of Carinia records, Australia, with red and white labels).
--Mike G. Jurkevich

[Label Catalogue]
 
Catalogs and libretto (1)
"Polonia" records catalogue in Drzewiecki Co. store, 1957 (Katalog płyt "Polonia" w sklepie Drzewiecki Co. na rok 1957) (mgj)
"Polonia" records ...
Polonia (UK)

 

       
Cat No▲
(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Files
102
(OP53)
PolishBass with Piano
Carpathian Brigade (Karpacka Brygada), song (Marian Hemar)
Marian Nowakowski, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)102
102
(OP54)
PolishBass with Piano
Podolian ballad ("Had I the royal eagles wing") (Dumka Podolska (Gdyby Orłem Być)), song (arr. James Moodie, lyrics by Maurycy Gosławski)
Marian Nowakowski, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)102
103
(OP133)
PolishSoprano with Piano
Poppies (Maki), song (Stanislaw Niewiadomski, lyrics by Kornel Makuszynski)
Lucyna Szczepanska, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)103
103
(OP134)
PolishSoprano with Piano
Girl (Dziewczyna), song (Witold Friemann, based on: Taras Shevchenko: )
Lucyna Szczepanska, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)103
111
(OP69)
Polishsoprano with piano
In a train (W pociągu), song (Juliusz Gabel, lyrics by Emanuel Schlechter)
Wlada (Wlodzimira Wladyslawa) Majewska, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki (piano)~1951
London
Gui de buire111
(1183/1)
Polishsoprano with piano
In a train (W pociągu), song (Juliusz Gabel, arr. Jerzy Kropiwnicki, lyrics by Emanuel Schlechter)
~1950
London
Polonia (UK)111
new
111
(OP70)
Polishsoprano with piano and accordion
The dear Lwow (Ten drogi Lwów), medley (arr. Jerzy Kropiwnicki)
Wlada (Wlodzimira Wladyslawa) Majewska, acc. Jerzy Kropiwnicki, Stefan Norbert (piano and accordion)~1951
London
Gui de buire111
(1183/2)
Polishsoprano with piano and accordion
The dear Lwow (Ten drogi Lwów), song (arr. Jerzy Kropiwnicki)
~1950
London
Polonia (UK)111
new
116
(OP191)
PolishBaritone with accompaniment
Nightingales D. P. (Słowiki D. P.), song (Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski))
Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski), acc. Maria Drue (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)116
[PR2027 FS473]
116
116
(OP192)
PolishBaritone with accompaniment
The passing years (Piosenka starszego pana), song (Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski))
Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski), acc. Maria Drue (piano)~1950
London
Polonia (UK)116
[PR2027 FS474]
116
118
(OP107)
Polishbaritone with orchestra
That was not love (Bo to nie była miłość), tango (Jan Krzysztof Markowski, arr. Leon Heller, lyrics by ?)
Stanislaw Ruszala, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Leon Heller~1951
London
Polonia (UK)118
Polishbaritone with orchestra
That was not love (Bo to nie była miłość), waltz (Jan Krzysztof Markowski, arr. Leon Heller, lyrics by ?)
Gui de buire118
(1188/4)
118
(OP108)
Polishbaritone with orchestra
Listen to my yearning (Usłysz tęsknotę), waltz (Jan Krzysztof Markowski, arr. Leon Heller, lyrics by ?)
Stanislaw Ruszala, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Leon Heller~1951
London
Polonia (UK)118
Gui de buire118
(1188/3)
126
(OP61)
Polishsinging with accompaniment
Ta joj ta Lwów, tango (Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski))
Nina Olenska (Janina Piwocka), Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski), Stanislaw Ruszala, acc. Stefan Norbert (dancing orchestra, accordion solo), Conductor Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski)~1951
London
Polonia (UK), Gui de buire126
(1189/5)
126
(OP62)
Polishsinging with accompaniment
Lvov waltz (Walczyk lwowski) (Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski))
Nina Olenska (Janina Piwocka), acc. Stefan Norbert (dancing orchestra, accordion solo), Conductor Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski)~1951
London
Polonia (UK), Gui de buire126
(1189/6)
156
(OP163)
Polish
Tango for My Mother (Tango dla Mojej Matki) (Szimon Kataszek, lyrics by Zenon Friedwald)
Gwidon Borucki, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard FrankLondonPolonia (UK)156
Polish
Tango for my mother (To tango jest dla mojej matki) (Szymon Kataszek, lyrics by Zenon Ludwig Friedwald)
Gwido Borucki (Gwidon Alfred Gottlieb), acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard Frank~1953
London
156
(OP164)
Polish
Tango Tyrolean (Tango Tyrolskie) (Anatoliusz Horbowski, lyrics by Jerzy Ryba)
Gwidon Borucki, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard FrankLondonPolonia (UK)156
Polish
Tyrolean tango (Tango tyrolskie) (Anatoliusz Horbowski, lyrics by Jerzy Ryba)
Gwido Borucki (Gwidon Alfred Gottlieb), acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard Frank~1953
London
216
(OP304)
Polishsoprano and orchestra
Hopsa, hopsa hola, hola (Ref-Ren (Feliks Konarski))
Jadwiga Czerwinska, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard Frank1957
London
Polonia (UK)216
216
(OP306)
Polishsoprano and orchestra
Jump into the Nile, crocodile! (Wskocz do Nilu krokodylu!) (Richard Frank, lyrics by Tadeusz Kryska-Karski)
Jadwiga Czerwinska, acc. dance orchestra, Conductor Richard Frank1957
London
Polonia (UK)216
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