Nine Cute Drawings Saved From Oblivion: Walter Plantikow

Wenn der Hahn nicht krähen kann..! (Im Hühnerstall – Down on the Farm)‘ by Billy Dale, Charles Parrott, Jimmy Adams, & Harry Harrison (German lyrics by Leopold Seewaldt), published by Roehr, C. M. (Berlin, s.d.) & illustrated by Walter Plantikow.

Untill now this sheet music cover was the only item in our collection illustrated by Walter Plantikow. Little is known about this German artist. We found and translated this bit of information from Stefan Nagel’s Titelblaettr blog:

During the Weimar Republic, Walter Plantikow, who was born in 1893, worked primarily for the Berlin-based Heinrich Borngräber Verlag, which published the “men’s magazine” “Reigen” as well as erotic novels and works of world literature. In addition, Plantikow designed postcards and music titles.
In later years he illustrated, among other things, the covers of dime books, children’s and youth books, he tried to establish himself as an artist by painting oil paintings and worked as an art teacher after the war. Walter Plantikow died in 1973.

Drawing by Walter Plantikow (source:

Recently we purchased an album, the cover of which was rather dully illustrated by Plantikow.

Im Spielwarenladen‘ by Max Paul Heller (published by Richard Birnbach (Berlin, 1923), front and title page illustrated by W. Plantikow.

But to our surprise, each of the nine little piano works showed a black and white drawing by the artist. Not really masterworks, but certainly worthy to be saved from oblivion… They can also cheer up your day!

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