Nipper, the fox terrier immortalized in "His Master's Voice", is one of the music trademarks filed in the Secretary of State's records. His owner, Francis Barraud, a Bristol, England theater stage set painter in the late 19th century, noticed Nipper listening intently, head cocked, to a cylinder phonograph. After the dog's death this image never left Barraud.
He later painted the image of Nipper, listening intently to an Edison-bell cylinder machine. The Edison-bell company was not interested in the painting because "Dogs don't listen to phonographs." The Gramophone Company in London commissioned Barraud to alter the painting with a Gramophone. The painting was brought to the United States and was used as a logo and later by a successor, the Victor Talking Machine Company.
Music Trademark Gallery
Shop Look Listen - #2063
Foley-Maegly Music Company, Oregon, 1921
Loud, Rythmikon, Lingard, Cottage Gem, Artola, Conn,
Buescher, True Tone, Tone King and Cremona - #2020
The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, Ohio, 1920
His Master's Voice - #906
The Victor Talking Machine Company, New Jersey, 1904
The Portland College of Music and Dramatic Art School - #358
W. Edgar Buck, Oregon, 1892