HMV trademark gramophone, 1897.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

HMV trademark gramophone, 1897.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

As the first gramophone with a reliable clockwork motor and speed governor, the Gramophone Company's No 5 machine set the pattern for future acoustic record players. But it achieved even greater fame as the instrument in the painting 'His Master's Voice' by Francis Barraud, featuring the appealing bull-terrier cros, Nipper. Barraud's picture originally depicted the rival cylinder phonograph, but the artist obligingly painted this out when offered £100 for the painting which was to become the well-known HMV trademark.
 

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10263051
 

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