Nipper

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We spent yesterday on a work’s outing to a Radio Fair.   Disneyland for Vintage fans or chic geeks.  The highlight for me was Nipper, the iconic logo who, along with his gramophone became the trademark for His Master’s Voice in 1900.

Nipper was painted after his death by the artist Francis James Barraud.  Barraud is said to have remembered his brother’s dog turning his head and listening to the sound coming from the gramophone and there is some suggestion that the dog and the gramophone are depicted on the top of his brother’s coffin, hence the title “His Master’s Voice”.

If I had three hundred and fifty pounds to spend and could have got this chap under my arm, he would be sitting with me right now.  Instead I’ve got this one who has just been in the garden eating mud.

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