|Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in 1884 and so named because of his tendency to nip the backs of visitors' legs! His fame basically originated from a painting by Mark Barraud who completed and registered it on the 11th of February 1899. He gave this painting the name of Dog Looking At And Listening To A Phonograph. |
Barraud later decided to rename the painting to His Master's Voice or, as we now know it today, by its abbreviated form of HMV.
Nipper was given away as novelty gifts by the Victor Gramophone Company around 1915, the gifts came in various forms - one being an ashtray. I am not sure if this is how the vehicle mascot came about or if it was in fact originally sold as a mascot.