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Horn Gramophone.
Horn Gramophone (detail).
Horn Gramophone (detail).
Record Player 78 rpm. Exhibit at the Ceredigion Museum‎.
Record Player 78 rpm. Exhibit at Whiteman Park, Perth.
April 1928.
September 1928.
September 1930.
1929. Model 551. Exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
August 1937. All radio models.
August 1937. Radio model 479.
June 1939.
March 1946.
September 1953. LHS.
September 1953. RHS.
1955. LHS page.
1955. RHS page.
October 1961.
October 1961.
Gramophone needles.
Gramophone needles.

His Master's Voice

See Gramophone Co

1908 In February, the Gramophone Co introduced new labels featuring the famous trademark known as His Master's Voice, generally referred to as HMV, to distinguish them from earlier labels which featured an outline of the Recording Angel trademark. The latter had been designed by Theodore Birnbaum, an executive of the Gramophone Company pressing plant in Hanover, Germany. The Gramophone Co was never known as the HMV or His Master's Voice company.

1929 The Gramophone Co started manufacture and sale of His Master's Voice domestic radio sets.

1931 The Gramophone Co was merged into the new EMI

1957 Thorn Electrical Industries took over production of HMV equipment from EMI


See HMV: Radio

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