It was acquired from the artist in by the newly formed Gramophone Company and adopted as a trademark by the Gramophone Company's United States affiliate, the Victor Talking Machine Company. When Mark Barraud died, Francis inherited Nipper, with a cylinder phonograph and recordings of Mark's voice. Francis noted the peculiar interest that the dog took in the recorded voice of his late master emanating from the horn, and conceived the idea of committing the scene to canvas. A coloured vinyl single released by HMV In early , Francis Barraud applied for copyright of the original painting using the descriptive working title Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph. He was unable to sell the work to any cylinder phonograph company, but William Barry Owen, the American founder of the Gramophone Company in England, offered to purchase the painting under the condition that Barraud modify it to show one of their disc machines. Barraud complied and the image was first used on the company's catalogue from December
G&S Discography: Gramophone Company Matrix and Catalog Numbers
Early Numbering Systems Between and , some , different recordings were made. Recording sessions supervised by the first eight recordists of the Gramophone Company and its successors account for nearly , of these recordings. A method obviously was needed to give each plate a positive and unique identification. Several early systems were proposed and used, but the volume of discs being produced outlived the practicality of nearly all of these systems. Berliner z, May 15, Berliner , before Feb 22, The initial system was the obvious one:
SPEED 78 underlined in right quadrant at 4 b. SPEED 78 not underlined at 4 c. SPEED 78 at 9 d. Made in England on later issues at 3 a. Though these variations can be described, they seem not useful for a further subdivision, especially since they seem to vary at random.
The discs were pressed by Columbia. Six books were advertised here in November at 7s 6d each Eventually 12 were sold here. Frank notes that they were still available in The master numbers are at the right of the label: