His Master's Voice

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by greyelm, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    The recent news about HMVs troubles reminded me that Nipper the dog in the His Master's Voice logo was buried in my local town of Kingston Upon Thames. Here is a picture I snapped a couple of years ago of the alley named after Nipper

    nipper-gramophone.

    Nipperalley.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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  3. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I do remember Nipper. If that three lane street is an alley, I hate to see your highways.
     
  4. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    The alley is to the left of the sign, the road lanes are part of the infamous one way system around the town centre, I always get confused when I go there.
     
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  5. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
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    Gary Ayala
    Got it. :smile:
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I love the story of "His Master's Voice". I had always thought that it just meant the dog would listen to anything on the RCA (or HMV for the Brits) label.

    But the painting (which is apparently based on a photograph {which I have never seen}) is older than the usage by the recording company. Seems the dog's original owner had passed away and his brother (a painter of some skill) was playing some recording his brother had made while still alive and the dog suddenly became transfixed at hearing the sound of his master (now no loner alive!) coming from the grammophone.
     
  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    I certainly remember the iconic Nipper and the Victrola. We had a Victrola when I was growing up (my parents weren't audiophiles, but we did have 78s and regular albums, too.). Ours, however, didn't have that "horn" and it had a radio built in to it.:wink:

    P.S. Thanks for that backstory, Luke.:love:
     
  8. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Nipper had an exalted place in our household, as my late father's principal client in the 50's and early 60's was RCA in Camden, New Jersey. By way of coincidence, he was also a licensed ham radio operator, with a call sign randomly issued - not requested - of W3NIP. So to his fellow hams, my dad's on-air handle was Nipper!
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    I always thought the ham radio thing might have been kind of a precursor to a good internet forum. Never experienced it myself but I think I would have liked it. That's a great bit of family history, Chuck!
     
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  10. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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  11. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    remember that fantastic Italian Espresso bar round the corner ? - a real relic of the early '60s, all chrome and red leather ... long since gone now of course, but it did last 'til the late '80s
     
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  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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  13. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
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    Chuck
    One more coincidence for me: my father worked for Allen-Bradley, whose headquarters building and clock are/were Milwaukee landmarks.

    Sorry - getting old tends to be about reminiscing....
     
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I pass RIGHT by that building (literally underneath/through) a couple times a month....and I see the clock tower every day on my way to work. I'll have to get you some shots Chuck. The building and the clocktower are classic Milwaukee.
     
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  15. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    Although I worked at Kingston Hospital for 40 years and even lived in Kingston town in the 70s I seldom went to the town after I moved a bit further out so I don't remember the Expresso Bar. The town has changed a lot over the years and is a good place to take photographs, especially down by the Thames.