‘ Mystery?‘ – A foxtrot by Joseph A. Cirina. Published by Herman Darewski (London,1919) and illustrated by Lionel S. Reiss.
The world of sheet music illustration never stops to amaze the assiduous collector. She/he has to face up to mysteries that defy the imagination, pictorial challenges to her or his ingenuity. The collector stumbles in an enigmatic world where things become unexplainable and surpass fantasy. Here is the continuation of our popular series on accidentally —sometimes wilfully— assembling duplicates.
The Apparition of the Seaside Resort
‘ Zalig plekje aan zee‘ composed by A. Van Oest (LEFT) and ‘ Mooi Zandvoort‘ by Vorrattie (RIGHT). Published by B H Smit (Amsterdam, s.d.). Illustrator: D. Coene. The Case of the Blue Hat
‘ Camouflage‘, One-Step by James Bodewalt Lamp. LEFT: the 1917 publication by Jerome Remick (NY, Detroit), not in our collection. RIGHT: the redrawn version by Francis Salabert (Paris). Unknown illustrator. The Subtle Substitution
‘ Fleur de Cerisier‘ and ‘ Fleur de Pommier‘. Composed by Adrian de Lorme, published by Duff & Stewart (London, s.d.) and illustrated by William Spalding. The Instrument Swap
‘ Whistling Rufus‘, a Two-Step Polka or Cake-Walk by Kerry Mills. LEFT: the original guitar publication by Mills, F. A. (New York, s.d., unknown illustrator). RIGHT: the Swedish banjo version published by Carl Gehrman (Stockholm), s.d., illustrated by Nils Ringström. The Apprentice Twins
‘ Le Petit Mousse Noir‘, a Romance by P. Cheret & Marc Constantin. LEFT: undated publication by Choudens (Paris, s.d.). RIGHT: publication by Mayence (Anvers & Bruxelles, s.d.). Unknown illustrator. Previous episodes
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3 thoughts on “Mysterious Phenomena In Illustrated Sheet Music – Part 2”
Great to see how copyright was handled in pre-war times.
Super information in copy-paste times.
There are literally thousands if not hundreds of thousands of these. I have a half million-plus sheets in my collection (U.S. editions) but have brought back at least 30,000 from the U.K. plus quite a lot from trips to France, and many are the same songs as already in my collection, except they have entirely different graphics. Sometimes the American are superior and just as often, the British are! The French (Salaberts) are even better. It’s what and why I love collecting sheet music!
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