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The Sheet Music Art of E. T. Paull: a Retrospective (1894-1915)

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The Sheet Music Art of E. T. Paull: a Retrospective (1894-1915)

Although famed American march composer E.T. Paull did not create these stunning covers, they are strongly associated with the wild and bizarre "descriptive" marches he was known for. And there is one reason for this connection: it was part of his own marketing plan. A plan which made him so successful that he would go on to establish his own music publishing company. Above: E.T. Paull as he appeared in 1899 Edward Taylor Paull (1858-1924) was in the music business for his whole life with varying success. His first known occupation was as the owner of a piano and organ...

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Top 5 E. H. Pfeiffer Sheet Music Covers (1909-1914)

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Top 5 E. H. Pfeiffer Sheet Music Covers (1909-1914)

With the possible exception of Albert Wilfred Barbelle, perhaps no other Tin Pan Alley sheet music artist was quite so prolific as E. H. Pfeiffer. Born in New York City in 1868, Edward Henry Pfeiffer showed an interest in art from an early age, likely influenced at least in part by his father, Henry Pfeiffer, a German immigrant and tailor. As early as 1892, Pfeiffer was already designing the sheet music covers that would make him famous, and by 1910, he was on his own two feet as a freelance illustrator. (Source: ragpiano.com) Those familiar with sheet music art of...

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Top 5 Dancing Sheet Music Covers: 1905-1922

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Top 5 Dancing Sheet Music Covers: 1905-1922

Where there's music, there will most likely be dancing, so it's easy to conclude that one will inevitably find an abundance of such depictions on sheet music. Today we will be exploring five of these sheet music covers, ranked in a top 5 list as usual. Let's get started. 5.) They've Got Me Doin' It Now (art by E. H. Pfeiffer, 1913): By the early 1910s, Tin Pan Alley was a booming industry, and composers and lyricists such as Irving Berlin, E. Ray Goetz, A. Seymour Brown, Edgar Leslie, and Bert Kalmar were spearheading this growth by turning out hit...

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Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

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Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

One of the first things we tend to notice about the way people used to dress is that overwhelmingly common, (and today almost outlandish,) fashion accessory: the hat. It may seem strange to us today, but in this time period, hats were not just common--they were a requirement! To see someone without a hat in those days would have been roughly the equivalent of seeing someone without pants today. Shocking! And as can be expected, such a common practice inevitably found its way into the art of its time. Today we will be exploring the lost sartorial custom of hat...

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Top 5 Irving Berlin Sheet Music Covers (1913-1921)

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Top 5 Irving Berlin Sheet Music Covers (1913-1921)

Pardon me while I suspend use of my usually proper grammar: Y'all ain't no Americans if y'all ain't never heard Irving Berlin! And even if you don't know the name, songs such as White Christmas and God Bless America remain cultural staples even decades after they were written. But what about the sheet music art? Well, I have a treat in store for you, because today I will count down my picks for the top five Irving Berlin sheet music covers. Here goes: 5.) Won't You Play a Simple Melody (art by Albert Wilfred Barbelle, 1914): In one of my...

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