Photo Gallery - Gramophone & Emile Berliner

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Picture of Gramophone

Gramophone machine from the mid-1890s
Gramophone machine from the mid-1890s owned by Thomas Edison himself and invented by Emile Berliner.

Emile Berliner founded "The Gramophone Company" to mass manufacture his sound disks (records) and the gramophone that played them.

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His Master's Voice

Nipper
His Master's Voice" became one of the best-known trademarks in the world.

In 1899, Emile Berliner visited the London offices of the Berliner Gramophone Company. There, he noticed a painting hanging on the wall of a small dog with cocked head posed in front of a gramophone. The little terrier was listening to his master's voice coming from the horn.

The English artist Francis Barraud, using his own little dog Nipper as the model, painted the image.

Emile Berliner contacted Francis Barraud and asked him to make a copy. Berliner brought the copy back to the United States and immediately sought a trademark for the painting.

The trademark was granted by the Patent Office on July 10, 1900, too late for Berliner to use it, as his company by this time was little more than a name. However, he passed it on to Eldridge R. Johnson, with whom Berliner had worked on improving the playback machine. Johnson began to print it on his Victor record catalogs and then on the paper labels of the discs. Soon, "His Master's Voice" became one of the best-known trademarks in the world, still in use today.

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Gramophone Patent

Gramophone Patent
Gramophone Patent: November 8 1887 Emile Berliner patented a successful system of sound recording.

On November 8 1887, Emile Berliner, a German immigrant working in Washington D.C., patented a successful system of sound recording.

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Emile Berliner - Newspaper Clipping

Emile Berliner
Emile Berliner - Newspaper Clipping. Emile Berliner

Emile (originally Emil) Berliner was born in Hanover, Germany, on May 20, 1851. He was one of thirteen children born to Samuel and Sarah Fridman Berliner, two of whom died in infancy. His father was a merchant and a Talmudic scholar, and his mother was an amateur musician. From both parents Berliner and his siblings inherited a great sense of integrity and a pride in accomplishment.

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Emile Berliner's House

Emile Berliner's House
Emile Berliner's House.

In his small house in Washington D.C., Emile Berliner began working on additional improvements to Bell's telephone, selling the rights to his patents to the telephone company.

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Gramophone Record 1908

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Enrico Caruso sings La Forza del Destino (Giuseppe Verdi). This vinyl record was pressed in Hannover, Germany ca 1907-1909 for the Gramophone Company. Creative Commons