I'm an aficionado of vinyl 7" records, not only because of the music but also because many of these records have an outspoken label design.
In my previous entry I showed a selection of labels from my own collection which were all related to some sort of animal. In this entry I will introduce some more animal-themed labels.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a well-known film studio. The studio's mascot is a real-life lion, which features in MGM's production logo. In fact there were seven different lions between 1917 and the present which played their part in this logo (Slats, Jackie, Telly, Coffee, Tanner, George and Leo).
MGM Records was launched in 1946 by the film studio for the purpose of releasing soundtrack albums, but soon started to release other musical genres. The logo of the record company features a drawn version of the studio's mascot. The yellow label with black print, like the one right below, was in use up till 1959.
I don't know if it was the artist's intention to make the jaguar's head a bit reminiscent of Pre-Columbian art, but it's certainly a bonus!
For obvious reasons the label depicts a Scottish Terrier. The tartan is also quite self-evident. I don't mind that at all. I confess, I'm a sucker for tartans!
Nipper (1884-1895) was a terrier owned by Mark Henry Barraud who lived in Bristol, England. When Mr. Barraud died in 1887, his brother Francis, a painter, took care of Nipper. Francis also inherited a phonograph and a number of cylinders with the recorded voice of Nipper's former owner. Francis noted the peculiar interest the dog took in the recorded voice of his late master. Looking into the trumpet of the phonograph with his head cocked slightly, it was as if Nipper was trying to figure out how his master was speaking to him from this strange device. Caught by this image, Francis took up the idea to make a painting of this scene. Francis tried to sell this painting to the Edison-Bell Company, but they weren't interested. However, the Gramophone Company was, provided that Francis would change the phonograph into a gramophone (which played 78 rpm records instead of cylinders).
The Gramophone Company started to use the image of the painting on their company's catalogue in 1899. It was only by 1909 that Nipper appeared on the label of their gramophone records. By then the Gramophone Company had also adopted the name His Master's Voice, which was the name the image of the listening dog was known by. However, Nipper's debut on a record label was in 1902, when the Victor Talking Machine Company acquired the rights for the United States to use him as a trade mark. In 1929 the Radio Corporation of America bought the controlling rights of Victor, after which the company became known as RCA Victor. If you have ever asked yourself "How come Nipper features on both the British His Master's Voice and the American RCA Victor record labels?"...... well, now you know!
Up till now I've only shown 45 rpm record labels, but if one wants to do justice to Nipper's image on a record label, the 78 rpm version of His Master's Voice is the most preferable. I happen to have a few 78 rpm records, so I can show you Nipper at his second best (the best being the original painting of course).