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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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Top 10 Ragtime Sheet Music Covers (1899-1915)

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Top 10 Ragtime Sheet Music Covers (1899-1915)

Ah, ragtime... Those catchy piano tunes that evoke the image of ice cream trucks and silent movies have by this time become little more than a cute novelty. And while the music is no longer mainstream, it has left us with an impressive legacy. Not the least of which is the colorful and wacky body of art that graces antique stores and sheet music collections the world over. In this article, we will be exploring the top ten ragtime sheet music covers created between the years 1899 and 1915. Some of them are colorful, some of them are creative, and...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1930-1936)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1930-1936)

In the 1930s, the days of Life magazine's tenure as a humor magazine were numbered. The magazine, which suffered a decline in subscriptions ever since the end of the First World War, was eventually sold to Henry Luce, the owner of Time Inc., in 1936, who subsequently rebranded it as a photojournalism magazine. The photojournalism itself, which depicted such momentous and iconic events as John F. Kennedy's assassination, the Moon Landing, the British Invasion, the Great Depression, The Vietnam War, and World War II, was very well done, and could easily have made John Ames Mitchell (the original editor in...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

Life magazine struggled during the 1920s, as it scrambled to find its voice and audience amid changes in popular taste. Even so, the covers haven't changed much at all, and we still see much of the playful humor and bizarre imagery that is characteristic of them. This is one magazine that held up well over those decades, and today we will continue our exciting journey as we explore the Life magazine covers of the 1920s.  5.) "Balance of Power" by F. X. Leyendecker (March 9, 1922): Aside from the delightfully playful nature of the subject matter, this cover is very...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1910-1919)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1910-1919)

To follow up on last week's post about the top five Life Magazine covers of the 1900s, I've decided to continue on with the top five covers of the following decade. This decade is stylistically more advanced, most likely owing to the magazine's enormous growth and success. Color printing can be found on just about every issue, whereas its use in the previous decade was much more timorous. Aside from this, some of these covers make much richer and more dramatic statements, and raise open ended questions about humanity. And even where they do not, it can't be denied that...

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