Hey, it's Eleanor here. Here's a few things you might not know about me. 1) I am a word nerd. (That's good for you when I write your copy). 2) I love to learn and have undertaken all sorts of courses from comedy writing to playing the violin. (That's good for you too...apart from perhaps the violin bit). 3) I loves all dogs (That's good for you if you are a dog) 4) I am professionally qualified in a wide range of subjects covering Annuities to Zoopharmacognosy. (Good for you because it means I know stuff) 5) I am English but spend a lot of time in Hungary and a tiddly bit elsewhere. (Good for you as I have probably been places most people haven't...) 6) I love swimming, and vegetable gardening…(Good for you if you ever come round to my house for soup...or pizza!).
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Did you ever hear the sad story about the poor dog who lost his beloved master…
And then went on to become the iconic logo of one of the most famous brands of the 20th century?
We all know the logo.
The adorable little dog staring down the horn of an old fashioned gramophone.
But what about the story behind the logo?
Well, it goes like this..
Nipper was the devoted dog of Mark Henry Barraud an impoverished artist.
When his master passed away due to poverty and ill health, his brother Francis, also an artist, adopted him along with the now famous gramophone and some recordings of his late brother’s voice.
Whenever Francis played the recordings, the plucky little Nipper would run over to try and work out where his masters voice was coming from.
This beautiful memory of the puzzled dog looking down the gramophone’s bell horn stuck in Francis’s mind, and three years after Nipper had ‘gone over to Rainbow Bridge’ painted the scene and named it ‘His Master’s Voice’.
Few individuals or companies for that matter were interested in the painting until eventually the Gramophone Company bought it for £100 on 15 September 1899.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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