Sheet music - A brief overview
Before the 1930's and 40's, great attention was given to the artwork that adorned the covers of sheet music.
You see, back then the piano or perhaps another instrument like the banjo or ukulele was often the center of entertainment in the home and we suspect that created much attention to the marketing of such music. That is quite apparent in not only the front covers of much of the music but also in the advertisements that often appear on the back and inside covers.
Roughly from 1890 to the mid 1920's this new art form was created and developed. Artists like Starmer, Barbelle, DeTakacs, Manning and the master of sheet music art, E.T. Paull were prolific producers of wonderful covers whose artistry probably exceeded the music within in many cases. After this period, however, the creation of such covers often became quite artless and/or simply bore the picture of the
artist(s) who performed the subject song, e.g., Kate Smith, Bing Crosby, etc.
Musical Wallflowers - A collection unveiled
It is because of the artistry exhibited on sheet music covers that we long ago started collecting this music. We think you will agree that in many cases the actual cover art by itself is reason enough to want to display it.
However, as we continued to accumulate our collection, it also became apparent that because of the titles of some songs of this period alone, many people would have particular reasons to identify with it. You'll see what we mean.
Whatever the reason, we have certainly found that found that people love this old sheet music and are delighted to find just the right piece for themselves and for others.
What you see here is only a portion of the collection that you will eventually be able to choose from. Check back often as we will be adding new pieces regularly.
Also, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a particular topic for which you are seeking a match. We will search our collection and reply to you.