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Marcus Joseph Colthurst ALEXANDER  1896 - 1970 arrowarrow PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Marcus Joseph Colthurst ALEXANDER  1896 - 1970

aka Marcus Joseph C. Alexander, Marcus J. C. Alexander, M. J. C. Alexander, Marcus J. Alexander, Marcus Alexander, M. Alexander, Marcus Joseph Alexander
nationality
occupation
birth b. 25 Sep 1896, 10 Evelyn Mansions, Fulham, West Kensington, Middlesex, ENGLAND
baptism
death d. 6 Feb 1970, District Hospital, Torbay, Devon, ENGLAND
burial
marriage (1) married in .. July/Aug/Sep 1922 in Brentford, Middlesex to:
Kathleen Sara PEYTON

b. .. Apr/May/June 1889, Kensington, Middlesex, ENGLAND
d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1929, Kensington, ENGLAND at age 31y (not 21y)

children
  • .................
marriage (2) married in Oct/Nov/Dec 1929 in Hampstead, Middlesex to:
Olive Alice GROVES

b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1900, Hampstead, Middlesex, ENGLAND
d. .... 1981, ........., Kent, ENGLAND

children
  • .................

PARENTS

father Henry/Harry Beaumont ALEXANDER

b. 11 Dec 1867, Irene Vila, Freemantle, Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND – d. 4 Feb 1935, West London, W14, ENGLAND

mother Alice Maude COLTHURST

b. 18 Aug 1873, Notting Hill, Whitchurch, Middlesex, ENGLAND – d. 5 Mar 1947, Hotel Como Portishead, London, ENGLAND

children
  • Marcus Joseph Colthurst

    b. 25 Sep 1896, 10 Evelyn Mansions, Fulham, West Kensington, Middlesex, ENGLAND
    d. 6 Feb 1970, District Hospital, Torbay, Devon, ENGLAND

  • Vera

    b. .... 1896, ...........
    d. .............

  • Olga

    b. .... <1906>, ...........
    d. ..............


LIFE


1901 England Census: 20 Minster Rd., Hampstead, ENGLAND
Harry ALEXANDER, 33y, Press
Kate ALEXANDER, 32y,
- Marcus, 5y, School
- Vera, 5y



1911 UK CENSUS: 34 Cresswell Road, East Twickenham, Middlesex, ENGLAND
Harry ALEXANDER, 42y, Advertising Agent
Kate ALEXANDER, 41y,
- Marcus, 14y, School
- Olga, 5y



Recorder The Gramophone Company (prefixes: BT for 10-inch / CT for 12-inch records)
Synopsis of Marcus J. C. Alexander's recording activities:
(source: John B. Milmo. For further details see Maria Kapkidi's NARRATIVE at the bottom)

1923-1924:
- Paris (FRANCE)

1924:
- Marienbad, Prague (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)
- Paris (FRANCE)
- Copenhagen (DENMARK)
- Vienna (AUSTRIA)
- Copenhagen (DENMARK)
- Stockholm (SWEDEN)

1925:
- Copenhagen (DENMARK)
- Paris (FRANCE)
- Copenhagen (DENMARK)
- Beograd (SERBIA)
- Bucarest (ROMANIA)
- Paris (FRANCE)
- Algiers (FRENCH NORTH AFRICA/ALGERIA)
- Copenhagen (DENMARK)
- Stockholm (SWEDEN)

1926:
- Baghdad (IRAQ)
- Tehran (PERSIA/IRAN)
- Prague (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)
- Budapest (HUNGARY)
- Algiers/Tunis (FRENCH NORTH AFRICA/ALGERIA/TUNESIA)

1927:
- Stockholm (SWEDEN)
- Stockholm (SWEDEN)
- Paris (FRANCE)
- Stockholm (SWEDEN)

1928:
- Casablanca (FRENCH NORTH AFRICA/MAROCCO)
- Algiers (FRENCH NORTH AFRICA/ALGERIA)
- Tunis (FRENCH NORTH AFRICA/TUNESIA)
- Cairo (EGYPT)
- Paris (FRANCE)


1929: [from Marriage Certificate 1929]: Gramophone Company’s Representative



Marcus ALEXANDER (36y; b. London) engineer
SS "MAURETANIA"
dep.: 19 Apr 1930, Southampton, ENGLAND
arr.: 24 Apr 1930, New York, USA
Passage paid by: Decca Record Co. Ltd.
Home address: Mrs. A. Alexander, King's Road, Chelsea



Marcus ALEXANDER (36y) engineer
SS "GERMANIA"
dep.: .. May 1930, New York via Cobh
arr.: 2 June 1930, Southampton, ENGLAND
Address: Mrs. A. Alexander, Chenil Galleries, 181 King's Road, Chelsea, London S.W.3, ENGLAND


CHELSEA TOWN HALL, King's Road, London SW3 (1886) is adjacent to the Chenil Galleries and was used on seven occasions in 1932-33. Since 1965 it has housed a public library.
CHENIL GALLERIES, 181-183, King's Road, CHELSEA, London SW3 (1925), originally an arts centre closed in 1927, was Decca's first home base, used for most of its sessions from 1929-36. The building, acquired by the local council in 1947 and let as retail premises, was disused by 2008 (from internet: DECCA DISCOGRAPHY).


NOTES

  • The Gramophone Company's Persian Recordings 1899 to 1934 by Michael S. Kinnear. Bajakhana, Victoria, 2000 (p. 16)


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THANK YOU


Maria Kapkidi
John B. Milmo