Little Wonder Record

Little Wonder Record

Profile:
Henry Waterson (in business partnership with Ted Snyder and the famous songwriter Irving Berlin) introduced these unsleeved 5 1/2 inch diameter mini-records in 1914; the line survived until 1923 and Columbia did the pressings. Contrary to many published accounts, Waterson did not conceive of or develop the Little Wonder Record. Court documents clearly show that the record was largely created by Columbia's chief recording engineer, Victor Hugo Emerson. Emerson would establish his own company, the Emerson Phonograph Company Inc., and release small diameter records on his own Emerson Records (2) label.

Most of the artists on Little Wonder Records were anonymous [possibly to avoid the bother of royalty payments], but were well-known Columbia artists such as Al Jolson, Wilbur Sweatman's Original Jazz Band and Frank Crumit as well as studio freelancers such as Henry Burr, Peerless Quartette, Collins And Harlan and Sam Ash. However, Little Wonder released distinct recordings, not dubs of the 10" issues.

The earliest ones had etched "labels", before the more usual paper ones were used (starting with record NO. 435). Marketed through dime stores at 10 cents each (less than a quarter of the selling price of regular 10 inch records), they sold by the millions. The numbers (catalogue & matrix being the same) started at 1 and ran to 1776.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 Ben Bolt  album cover Unknown Artist Ben Bolt(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 1 US 1914 Sell This Version
3 In Love's Garden Just You And Me  album cover Unknown Artist In Love's Garden Just You And Me(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 3 US 1914 Sell This Version
8 Medley Popular Airs-No.1  album cover Unknown Artist Medley Popular Airs-No.1(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 8 US 1914 Sell This Version
9 20th Century Rag  album cover Unknown Artist 20th Century Rag(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 9 USA & Canada 1914 Sell This Version
11 Where Red Red Roses Grow  album cover Unknown Artist Where Red Red Roses Grow(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 11 US 1914 Sell This Version
15 Silver Threads Among The Gold  album cover Unknown Artist Silver Threads Among The Gold(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 15 US 1914 Sell This Version
17 Follow The Crowd  album cover Unknown Artist Follow The Crowd(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 17 US 1914 Sell This Version
20 Back To The Carolina You Love  album cover Unknown Artist Back To The Carolina You Love(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 20 US 1914 Sell This Version
21 Along Came Ruth  album cover Unknown Artist Along Came Ruth(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 21 US 1914 Sell This Version
22 Jolly Coppersmith  album cover Unknown Artist Jolly Coppersmith(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 22 US 1914 Sell This Version
23 He's A Rag Picker  album cover Unknown Artist He's A Rag Picker(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 23 US 1914 Sell This Version
26 When The Angelus Is Ringing  album cover Unknown Artist When The Angelus Is Ringing(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 26 US 1914 Sell This Version
28 Medley Popular Airs, No. 2  album cover Unknown Artist Medley Popular Airs, No. 2(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 28 US 1914 Sell This Version
29 Maori- Band  album cover Unknown Artist Maori- Band(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 29 US 1914 Sell This Version
30 Beets And Turnips- Band  album cover Unknown Artist Beets And Turnips- Band(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 30 US 1914 Sell This Version
36 Under The Double Eagle  album cover Unknown Artist Under The Double Eagle(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 36 US 1914 Sell This Version
56 It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary  album cover Unknown Artist It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 56 US Unknown Sell This Version
60 I Want To Go Back To Michigan  album cover Collins And Harlan I Want To Go Back To Michigan(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 60 US 1914 Sell This Version
61 At The Ball That's All  album cover Unknown Artist At The Ball That's All(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 61 US 1914 Sell This Version
62 Unknown Artist If That's Your Idea Of A Wonderful Time(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 62 US 1914 Sell This Version
64 When The Angelus Is Ringing  album cover Unknown Artist When The Angelus Is Ringing(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 64 US 1914 Sell This Version
65 My Croony Melody  album cover Unknown Artist My Croony Melody(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 65 US 1914 Sell This Version
66 Morning Exercise  album cover Unknown Artist Morning Exercise(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 66 US 1914 Sell This Version
67 The Land Of My Best Girl  album cover Unknown Artist The Land Of My Best Girl(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 67 US 1914 Sell This Version
76 When It's Night Time Down In Burgundy  album cover Unknown Artist When It's Night Time Down In Burgundy(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 76 US 1914 Sell This Version
79 Winter Nights  album cover Unknown Artist Winter Nights(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 79 US 1915 Sell This Version
83 Don't Blame Me For What Happens In The Moonlight  album cover Unknown Artist Don't Blame Me For What Happens In The Moonlight(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 83 US 1915 Sell This Version
84 It's Going To Be A Cold, Cold Winter  album cover Unknown Artist It's Going To Be A Cold, Cold Winter(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 84 US 1914 Sell This Version
85 When You're A Long, Long Way From Home  album cover Unknown Artist When You're A Long, Long Way From Home(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 85 US 1915 Sell This Version
86 On The 5:15  album cover Unknown Artist On The 5:15(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 86 US 1915 Sell This Version
91 At The Mississippi Cabaret  album cover Unknown Artist At The Mississippi Cabaret(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 91 US 1915 Sell This Version
93 Tip Top Tipperary Mary  album cover Unknown Artist Tip Top Tipperary Mary(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 93 US 1915 Sell This Version
98 Chinatown, My Chinatown  album cover Unknown Artist Chinatown, My Chinatown(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 98 US 1915 Sell This Version
99 Unknown Artist Little Grey Home In The West(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 99 US 1915 Sell This Version
104 The Little House Upon The Hill  album cover Unknown Artist The Little House Upon The Hill(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 104 US 1915 Sell This Version
105 Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms  album cover Unknown Artist Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 105 US 1915 Sell This Version
108 Where The River Shannon Flows  album cover Unknown Artist Where The River Shannon Flows(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 108 US 1915 Sell This Version
109 My Wild Irish Rose  album cover Unknown Artist My Wild Irish Rose(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 109 US 1915 Sell This Version
127 Unknown Artist Beverly Hunt(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 127 US 1915 Sell This Version
137 When It's Night Time In Dixie Land  album cover Unknown Artist When It's Night Time In Dixie Land(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 137 US 1915 Sell This Version
149 Pigeon Walk   album cover Unknown Artist Pigeon Walk (Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 149 US 1915 Sell This Version
156 Kentucky Home  album cover Unknown Artist Kentucky Home(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 156 US 1915 Sell This Version
159 I'm On My Way To Dublin Bay  album cover Unknown Artist I'm On My Way To Dublin Bay(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 159 US 1915 Sell This Version
161 When I Dream Of Old Erin I'm Dreaming Of You  album cover Unknown Artist When I Dream Of Old Erin I'm Dreaming Of You(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 161 US 1915 Sell This Version
162 Unknown Artist Don't Take My Darling Boy Away(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 162 US 1915 Sell This Version
168 The Rosary  album cover Unknown Artist The Rosary(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 168 US 1915 Sell This Version
170 Those Charlie Chaplin Feet  album cover Collins And Harlan Those Charlie Chaplin Feet(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 170 US 1915 Sell This Version
171 He Comes Up Smiling  album cover Unknown Artist He Comes Up Smiling(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 171 US 1915 Sell This Version
175 If You Can't Get A Girl In The Summertime  album cover Unknown Artist If You Can't Get A Girl In The Summertime(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 175 US 1915 Sell This Version
181 The Next Dance  album cover Unknown Artist The Next Dance(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 181 US 1915 Sell This Version
182  Stars And Stripes Forever  album cover Unknown Artist Stars And Stripes Forever(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 182 US 1915 Sell This Version
184 Medley Of American Airs No. 1  album cover Unknown Artist Medley Of American Airs No. 1(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 184 US 1915 Sell This Version
189 Washington Post March  album cover Unknown Artist Washington Post March(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 189 US 1915 Sell This Version
190 Yale Boola  album cover Unknown Artist Yale Boola(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 190 US 1915 Sell This Version
191 Unknown Artist Turkey In The Straw(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 191 US 1915 Sell This Version
196 Jane  album cover Unknown Artist Jane(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 196 US 1915 Sell This Version
201 My Little Girl  album cover Unknown Artist My Little Girl(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 201 US 1915 Sell This Version
207 Put Me To Sleep With An Old Fashioned Melody   album cover Unknown Artist Put Me To Sleep With An Old Fashioned Melody (Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 207 US 1915 Sell This Version
217 Just Try To Picture Me Down Home In Tennessee  album cover Unknown Artist Just Try To Picture Me Down Home In Tennessee(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 217 US 1915 Sell This Version
235 My Tom Tom Man  album cover Unknown Artist My Tom Tom Man(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 235 US 1915 Sell This Version
248 The Wedding Of The Sunshine And The Rose  album cover Unknown Artist The Wedding Of The Sunshine And The Rose(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 248 US 1916 Sell This Version
249 When You Were A Baby And I Was The Kid Next Door  album cover Unknown Artist When You Were A Baby And I Was The Kid Next Door(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 249 US 1916 Sell This Version
254 Along The Rocky Road To Dublin  album cover Unknown Artist Along The Rocky Road To Dublin(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 254 US 1916 Sell This Version
255 Molly Dear, It's You I'm After  album cover Unknown Artist Molly Dear, It's You I'm After(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 255 US Unknown Sell This Version
256 Piney Ridge  album cover Unknown Artist Piney Ridge(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 256 US 1915 Sell This Version
261 Old Black Joe  album cover Unknown Artist Old Black Joe(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 261 US 1916 Sell This Version
265 Unknown Artist America(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 265 US 1916 Sell This Version
268 The Old Oaken Bucket  album cover Unknown Artist The Old Oaken Bucket(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided, Mono) Little Wonder Record 268 US Unknown Sell This Version
269 Carry Me Back To Old Virginia  album cover Unknown Artist Carry Me Back To Old Virginia(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 269 US 1916 Sell This Version
275 Unknown Artist Nearer My God To Thee(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 275 US 1916 Sell This Version
278 Darling Nellie Gray  album cover Unknown Artist Darling Nellie Gray(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 278 US 1916 Sell This Version
293 Les Copeland's Rag  album cover Unknown Artist Les Copeland's Rag(Shellac, 5½") Little Wonder Record 293 US 1916 Sell This Version
300 In The Hills Of Old Kentucky  album cover Unknown Artist In The Hills Of Old Kentucky(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 300 US 1916 Sell This Version
307 Hello Hawaii, How Are You?  album cover Unknown Artist Hello Hawaii, How Are You?(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 307 US 1916 Sell This Version
319 Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula  album cover Unknown Artist Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 319 US 1916 Sell This Version
330 Midnight Fire March Descriptive March Galop  album cover Unknown Artist Midnight Fire March Descriptive March Galop(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 330 US 1916 Sell This Version
332 Lights Out  album cover Unknown Artist Lights Out(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 332 US Unknown Sell This Version
338 A Coon Wedding In Southern Georgia  album cover Unknown Artist A Coon Wedding In Southern Georgia(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 338 US 1916 Sell This Version
350 This End Up  album cover Unknown Artist This End Up(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 350 US 1916 Sell This Version
353 Underneath The Stars  album cover Unknown Artist Underneath The Stars(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 353 US 1916 Sell This Version
357 Are You From Dixie?  album cover Unknown Artist Are You From Dixie?(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 357 US 1916 Sell This Version
360 That Hula Hula  album cover Unknown Artist That Hula Hula(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 360 US Unknown Sell This Version
369 Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night  album cover Unknown Artist Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 369 US 1916 Sell This Version
386 If I Knocked Out The "L" Of Kelly (It Would Still Be Kelly To Me)  album cover Unknown Artist If I Knocked Out The "L" Of Kelly (It Would Still Be Kelly To Me)(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 386 US 1916 Sell This Version
390 Zig Zag  album cover Unknown Artist Zig Zag(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 390 US 1916 Sell This Version
416 They Made It Twice As Nice As Paradise And They Called It Dixieland  album cover Unknown Artist They Made It Twice As Nice As Paradise And They Called It Dixieland(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 416 US 1916 Sell This Version
422 In Florida Among The Palms  album cover Unknown Artist In Florida Among The Palms(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 422 US 1916 Sell This Version
436 Pretty Baby  album cover Unknown Artist Pretty Baby(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 436 US 1916 Sell This Version
441 Beautiful Isle of Somewhere  album cover Unknown Artist Beautiful Isle of Somewhere(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 441 US 1916 Sell This Version
455 Face To Face  album cover Unknown Artist Face To Face(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 455 US 1916 Sell This Version
458 Kilima Waltz  album cover Unknown Artist Kilima Waltz(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 458 US 1916 Sell This Version
460 Favorite Hawaiian Hula Medley  album cover Unknown Artist Favorite Hawaiian Hula Medley(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 460 US 1916 Sell This Version
472 C.O.D. Come On And Dance (One-Step)  album cover Unknown Artist C.O.D. Come On And Dance (One-Step)(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 472 US 1916 Sell This Version
494 Honolulu, America Loves You  album cover Unknown Artist Honolulu, America Loves You(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 494 US 1916 Sell This Version
507 Blue Danube Waltz  album cover Unknown Artist Blue Danube Waltz(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 507 US 1917 Sell This Version
512 Somewhere A Voice Is Calling  album cover Unknown Artist Somewhere A Voice Is Calling(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 512 US 1917 Sell This Version
519 Unknown Artist Wailaua Waltz Medley(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 519 US 1917 Sell This Version
541 From Here to Shanghai  album cover Gene Greene From Here to Shanghai(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 541 US 1917 Sell This Version
563 There's A Long, Long Trail  album cover Unknown Artist There's A Long, Long Trail(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 563 US 1917 Sell This Version
564 For Me And My Gal  album cover Unknown Artist For Me And My Gal(Shellac, 5½", S/Sided) Little Wonder Record 564 US 1917 Sell This Version