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HMV trademark gramophone, 1897.

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


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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