Top of page




The end of the agreement with the Bristish Columbia


In April 1935 the executives in charge of the Columbia in San Sebastian contacted Mr. Eduardo Vega de Seoane y Echeverria to make a legal enquiry about the contract with Columbia in London. The Company stated that the contract was finished1 and they were trying to renew it, but with little hope of getting it; in their opinion, because of "the excessive demands of the English company". According to the agreement signed in 1923, the conclusion of the contract had finished on January 17th 1933, then it marked ten years since the signing. This contract included the right to renewal on the same terms and conditions for an additional ten years by sending to Columbia in London a written notice to that effect six months before the ending of the contract. Apparently this was never carried out, and therefore a new agreement, which was unsuccessful, attempted.

Regal's logo from the company in San Sebastián (1924)

The company in San Sebastian also queried about the clause 33 of the agreement with the British Columbia, which refered to the use of its trade name and trademarks, in the sense that the agreement forbade the company in San Sebastian to use these names when the contract ended. Here the lawyer was categorical, and declared that all the trademarks and trade names, purchased from Don Álvaro Malibrán y Escassi, owner of them in Spain, had to be excluded from the restriction contained in the agreement: "Even when the contract with the English company has finished, the Spanish company may use the trade name and trademarks belonged to it and purchased from Mr. Malibrán and registered under its name... with its own money."

In short, the Spanish Columbia could use the name and trademarks of their property by acquisition from Mr. Malibrán and by registration of them in the pertinent register under its name.

On September 27th 1935, Mr. Alejandro Burbano, working as attorney for the "Columbia Graphophone Company Ltd." in London, made a request to the liquidators of the company "Columbia Graphophone Company, SAE", Mr. Gregorio González de Suso, Francisco Ordinas and Fermín Vega de Seoane in order to give explanations about the sale, in attorney auction, of the matrices of their records. The company in London thought there could be, among them, some records that belonged to it.

The delivery of the matrices was requested and the use of those ones made from molds supplied by them was forbidden. The prohibition extended to the use of the name, which was the trade name of the company "Columbia Graphophone Company", and to a number of marks, among them Regal. Finally, they claimed a number of bills.

On June 16th 1935, the extraordinary general meeting was held. There, the dissolution of the company was agreed. The board appointed liquidators Gregorio González de Suso, Francisco Ordinas, partner of Antonio Inurrieta in the ice business, and Fermín Vega de Seoane. That dissolution agreement was registered in October 1935, year in which Inurrieta brothers were involved in a controversy which the newspaper "El Día"2 of San Sebastián published, due to complaint in connection with a series of irregularities detected after the completion of the expansion of the district of Antiguo, in the consumption of water in Antonio’s ice factory, what also involved the next record factory of Juan. The complaint against Antonio Inurrieta, who was a city councillor at that time, related to a fraud in the use of drinking water from municipal water pipes to supply both his ice factory and the record factory, where he also had a large number of shares.


1 In spite of this, the company in San Sebastian continued publishing monthly supplements of Regal label at least until May 1935.
2 The matter was taken up in several of the issues published in 1935, although those ones that refer expressly to the record factory were outlined in: 6 October and 10 December 1935.



Basque archives of music
Tel.: (34) 943-000868 • Fax: (34) 943-529706