Agent, barber, bath house, black beaver hats, blacking, boarding house, furs, hair dresser, iron cement, jam, looking glasses, maps, painter, paper hangings, tavern keeper, trimmings, umbrellas, wig and curl maker.
THESE were some of the odd trades and businesses that directories, advertisements, etc., tell us early music dealers and publishers also had to "traffick" in to make both ends meet. And their sign read: "Music Emporium," "Musical Magazine," "Musical Repository," "Music Saloon," (Music store to you), showing certain phases of American life, some now extinct, that were tied up with the buying and selling of early music.
The last few years have shown a decided growth of interest on the part of both collectors and dealers in old music. Some are interested in the pictorial appeal the cover of the sheets may have, others in the subject matter, the imprint, or the musical value.
It was originally intended to divide American music into seven or eight groups, and to comment on them here in detail. It was discovered that this very purpose had been achieved by placing the various "items" in chronological order throughout. See contents page.
It might, however, not be amiss to comment on a few "high spots."
In the very early music, the imprints of the Carrs, the Hewitts, Gilfert, Graupner, Von Hagen, Blake, Paff and the Willigs will be found eminently worth while. An outstanding sheet of music is THE BATTLE OF PRAGUE, with the engraved head of Washington. Early patriotic songs are in demand, including all editions Of YANKEE DOODLE, HAIL COLUMBIA, and ADAMS AND LIBERTY--particularly those with vignette portraits. Also songs of all the wars, especially the War of 1812, which gave us the STAR SPANGLED BANNER, PERRY'S VICTORY, HULL'S VICTORY, etc. There were many songs about Lafayette's return to the U. S. in 1824.
Early city views, such as NEW YORK O WHAT A CHARMING CITY and THE CARRIER DOVE (also a New York view), particularly attract the eye. Collectors should specialize in views of their respective localities on music covers. Early publishers issued a number of sheets bearing pictorial backgrounds of their Music Saloons, such as BUY A BROOM, used by three or four different firms, and the GINGERBREAD MAN, showing the Endicott store.
Illustrated Negro songs of the JIM CROW type (see illustration) are
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Publication information: Book title: Early American Sheet Music:Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889. Contributors: Harry Dichter - Author, Elliott Shapiro - Author. Publisher: R.R. Bowker Co.. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1941. Page number: xvii.
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