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L Wardell A Delightful and Easy Method for Teaching Children to Read Music with extraordinary facility, by the arrangement of a house on the piano-forte. ..1857
A way of learning how to play the piano-forte by L Wardell in which he instructs the player to image a house over the keys. Each key represents a different room or pillar of the house. Wardell claims that "this system has met with astonishing  success wherever it has been adopted."  Measures 10 1/4" x 4 1/2".. There are two separations.
Mozart The Alphabet. ..c1890
A single fold page of sheet music entitled "The Alphabet". The song is exactly as the title implies, it is simple the letters of the  alphabet set to music. There are three parts, 1st Soprano, 2nd Soprano and Alto. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 1/2".. Partially separated, minor toning due to age. The bottom edge of the sheet has minor tears and is missing a small section.
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Oeuvres Enfantines: 15 Nouvelles Rondes Enfantines, Op 37 [Children’s Work: 15 New Children's Rounds, Op 37]. Sandoz, Jobin and Co..Paris, France.1904
10 pp, Cover depicts nine children dancing. The illustration is in color along with some decorative flowers. While the entire works of Oeuvres Enfantines by Jaques-Dalcroze contains a total of 15 rounds, this only has # 626, "La Ronde des Saison Fleuries', which roughly translstes to 'The Round of the Season's Flowers'. It is a song about the different seasons of flowers. A the end of the score, it also tells a teacher how to perform the song. Measures 12 1/4" x 9 1/4".. Soiling and toning due to age. Covers are partially separated.
Alfred Guttmann and Karl Lutge Kinder Lieder [Children's Songs]. Deutscher Arbeitersängerbund [German Workers' Singing Association].Berlin.1926
24 pp, Kinder Lieder: Erstes Heft, zwei- und mehrstimmige lieder und Kanons für kleine und große kinder, which roughly translates to: First Edition, two- and three-part songs and canons for young and old children. The front cover is printed in two colors, with the title and border design in blue and a line drawing of three children of varying ages singing in red. Each song in the book also has illustrations depicting the song. Some of the songs in this book are: Alle Vögel sind schon da [All the Birds Are Already Here], A, B, C, die Katze lief im Schnee [A, B, C, The Cat Ran in the Snow], Ein Männlein steht im Walde [A Little Man Stands in the Forest], and Der Kuckuck und der Esel [The Cuckoo and The Donkey].  In German. Measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/2'.. Minor toning and soiling due to age.
Ezra Read Cinderella Waltz. ..c1920
4 pp, dark blue cover with a black line drawing depicting Cinderella by a fire place, with her fairy god mother and three mice. Also in the smoke created by the fire is a small drawing of Cinderella's carriage. The song is Cinderella Waltz, which was also sometimes called Dewdrop Waltz. There is no date or publisher on this item. The back list the numerous other pieces sold by the publisher and at the bottom it states "You can get any of above pieces where you got this one."  Measures 14" x 10 1/4".. Minor edge wear, with a few small tears at the fold. Toning and soiling due to age.
Elizabeth Est. Hamond No. 1 The Infant Vocalist, Selections from the Nursery Rhymes &c. with Original  Airs for the Pianoforte or Harp. Mitchell's Musical Library.London.1824
12 pp. The cover has the title of the item engraved in various scripts. Songs include "Dance Little Baby", "Bye Bye Little Dolly", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", "Little Miss Kid", "Pretty Flower, Tell Me Why?",  and "Who'll Come and Play with Me, Dialogue and Duet". The last song is a dialogue between a sparrow and a child. The last name of the composer is spelled Hamond on this item, however reviews in literary magazines at the time of publication (1824) sometimes spell it as Hammond.. Disbound from a larger item. Initials of composer on lower margin. Trimmed. Slight foxing. Minor toning due to age.
P. Morris  "Raging Canal" Songster. ..c1860
The "Raging Canal" was one of many songs that were created in reference to the Erie Canal and the hardships faced when traveling it. Originally written by P. Morris, there is a slightly comic take on what were usually more serious songs. 8" x 5 1/4"    .
 Children's Church, St. Timothy's Parish, Roxborough, A Hymnal Program. Rectory St. Timothy's Church.Philadelphia, PA.Feb 1867
Single fold Hymnal Program from St. Timothy's Parish located in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Roxborough. This program was for "Children's Church", and featured several prayers, including one for both entering and exiting the church, as well as several hymns, such as: "Glory to thee, My God, This Night", "Nearer, My God, to Thee", and "Jerusalem The Golden". On the cover of the program is an engraving of the church. Vignette of the church exterior on front cover.  Measures 8" x 5 1/2".. Services dedicated to youth, teaching children how to pray.
 The Schoolmaster, a Favorite Glee for Three Voices, As sung at the Salem Glee Club. C Bradlee.Boston.1834
4 pages, This song helps children to remember their ABCs. There are five versus to the song, teaching the alphabet and how to pronoun the different common sounds of some letters, such as "B A Ba".  Measures 13 1/2" x 9 3/4". Toned and soiled due to age. Tape repair on binding and edges along tears. Inscribed with page numbers 229- 231.
Louise Robyn Peter Pan Pictures, Four Characteristic Pieces for the Piano. Clayton F Summy Co.Chicago.1932
4 pp, the cover depicts Peter Pan dancing with his shadow while playing his pan flute with Tinker Bell flying above him. This piece was a set of four that could be bought separately or together. This sheet music contains only one piece, 'Wendy Gives Peter a Thimble.' The other three pieces that make up the set are (not included): 'Peter Dances with his Shadow' (depicted on the cover), 'The Never, Never Land', and 'The Wendy House'. Measures 12" x 9 1/4".. Minor toning and soiling due to age.
James Hook The Match Boy. R Gale.Glasgow, Scotland.1805
1 page, arranged on 2 staves for voice and harpsichord. The song is about an orphaned young boy who sells matches on the street, and the wealthy poplele who walk by him each day. Over three verses the song employs them to "Give a mite to the poor little boy." Measures 12 3/4" x 9" . Minor soiling and toning due to age.
 Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo Program. .Schenectady, NY.1934
56 pp (including covers) ballet program with an illustrated cover by Georges A. de Pogedareff (transcribed from indistinct signature). Russian ballet impresario Wassily de Basil, usually referred to as Colonel W. De Basil, founded the Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo with artistic director  Rene Blum in 1932. The ballet company toured all over Europe and North and South America. This particular program is from their time in New York, as evidence by the numerous advertisements by New York Companies. The majority of the program consists of black and white portraits of the companies leaders and dancers. There are also images of several ballets being performed. Along with the main program is a smaller program for a specific performance by the ballet in Schenectady, NY on November 21, 1934. The ballet performed three plays that night, "Les Presages", "Le Mariage D'Aurore", and "Le Beau Danube." Measures 12" x 9" (large program), 9" x 6" (small program) . The main program's cover is soiled and has minor edge wear. Otherwise the programs are toned due to age.
 Gospel Singers, Rev. J. I. Byler and Family, a Printed Photograph. .North Manchester, IN.[1927]
A black and white images from a photograph of the Byler family, a group of gospel singers from North Manchester, IN printed on card  stock. The patriarch of the family, John Ira Byler (1881-1970), was a minister and later Bishop for the  Church of the Brethren, which is a Christian denomination with its origins in the Schwarzenau Brethen.The image depicts the family with the caption "Rev. J. I. Byler and Family, North Manchester, Indiana, Gospel Singers", and was most likely sold during performances. The parents, John and Amanda, sit on the bottom row, on opposite sides of the group, with their ten children in the middle, oldest in back and youngest in front. The names of the children are: Joseph, Orpha, John, Samuel, Marcy, Martha, June, James, David, Robert, and Carol. As the youngest child, Carol, appears to be four or five years old in the photograph, the image most likely dates from the first year or so in which the family began touring, 1927. Single sided. Measures 9" x 7". .  It is one of the three historic peace churches along side the Mennoites and Quakers. John and his wife, Amanda Ellen Troyer (1882-1974), were avid singers and musicians, and passed this love of music onto their ten children- six sons and four daughters. When their youngest daughter, Carol was four, the family started performing in John's own church before beginning to tour locally, and then nationally. Becoming known as the Rev. J. I. Byler and Family Gospel Singers, or the Byler Family Gospel Singers, the group toured for over a decade performing over 900 times across through thirty-two states, Canada and Mexico. During performances, the family often broke up into smaller groups as quartets or duets. The four youngest children, James, David, Robert and Carol would become known as the Skeeter Quartet. JLydia Carolyn "Carol" Byler Roth (1923-2016). John was a minister, and later Bishop, of the Church of the Brethren. Though he was a Mennonite at the end of his life. He and his family toured as gospel singing group starting around 1927 and into the late 1930s. By the time they retired, they had performed over 900 times and traveled through thirty-two states, Canada and Mexico. John died on April 26, 1970 in Canton, OH after a long illness.
 Advertisement for the Community Church Of the Air. Community Church Of the Air.Harrisburg, PA.[February 1933]
This flyer is for three different musical groups: the Community Church of the Air, The Swalm Brothers Quartette, and the Boys Orchestra. However the flyer supplies little information beyond the performers names and the black and white printed photograph of each group. All three groups were scheduled to perform together on Tuesday, February 28, 1933 according to an article in the Harrisburg Telegraph on February 23, 1933. It is therefore likely that this flyer was simply given out at the performance as an advertisement for the three groups. Half of the flyer is promoting The Community Church of the Air, who seemed to be hosting the event.  Harrisburg, PA is misspelled on the flyer as Harrisburgh, PA. Single page, one-sided. Measures 12" x 9".. The Community Church of the Air  was run by Rev. Roy O. Musser (1892-1981) and his first wife Clara Alberta Messerschmidt  (1891-1953), and featured their three children in various parts: Iva Mae Musser Cook (1913-1996) as the alto singer, James Isaac Musser (1915-1970) as the Telephone Messenger, and Clara Ruthannah Musser Cook (1919-1995) as the soprano singer. The flyer provides information on the group's regular radio broadcasts which occurred on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on the radio station 249.9 WCOD. The Community Church of the Air shows up throughout the newspaper printings of the radio schedule between 1932-1933, but otherwise little information on the group can be found. The Swalm Brothers Quartette (aka Swalm Brothers Quartet or the Swalm Brothers Male Quartet), features the brothers Roy Swalm (1901-1962), Edgar Swalm (1905-1957), Harold Swalm (1907-1969), and Roosevelt Swalm (1913-1990). They were popular in the 1930s in and around Harrisburg, but did continue performing into the 1940s. The last group, the Boy's Orchestra, was made up of five boys named Bill, Earl, Ivan, Clyde, and Albert, who played on guitars and banjos. Little else is known about them.
Henri Bohlman-Sauzeau Valley of Chamouni Quadrille. .London.1855
4 pgs, On the cover is a black and white illustration of the Valley of Chamouni (also spelled Chamounix or Chamonix) a valley in esatern France by Mont Blanc. Songs include La Morne au Diable and La Vallee de Chamouny. These songs are meant for dancing,. the quardrille. At the base of the music front and back is a narrative titled "Hints for Dancing Quadrilles" by Mrs. (Frances)  N. Henderson.  Measures 13 1/2" x 9 1/2".. Toned and soiled due to age. Pages are separated. Minor stain in the shape of an arch on the back cover.
Kansas State Penitentiary - Concert by the Kansas State Prison Ban
A 7 1/4" x 5" program for the concert  that includes an overture, marches "The Prisoner's Song", songs by the Harmony Four Quartet, a waltz, medley, Hawaiian patrol and more.  Reverse is blank.   Letter folds and toning.
B. H. Rand Rand's Introduction to Penmanship: New Series, In Eight Numbers, Number 8. B. H. Rand.Philadelphia, PA.1855
A copy book, apart of B. H. Rand's series, "Introduction to Penmanship". This copy book is full of practice penmanship, both  in regards to letters of the alphabet and signatures. These exercises are often on the margins of the pages, or over top of other text as the pages themselves are often full of lyrics to a variety of songs, such as "Zula Zong" (spelled Zuola Zong), "When You and I were Young Maggie", and "Home Again". These songs appear to have been either religious in nature or folk songs, most of which appear to have been published circa 1860-1870. These copy book appears to have been used by numerous people to practice their signatures. The majority of the names within the book appear to be connected to the Hemphill family of Due West, South Carolina. The signature most often found in the book is James Calvin Hemphill (1851-1927), but members of his family to appear also appear (mainly siblings and in-laws): John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), and Eugenia Cornelia Brewton Hemphill (1847-1935). It is also possible that the book originally belonged to James' father, Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill as towards the end of the book there is what appears to be an original 5 page sermon on the bible verse Hebrews: Chapter 4, Verse 9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God". Additionally there are two short, single page essays on on respect and the bible verse, Revelations Chapter 21, Verse 7. Lastly, one of the last pages has an incomplete alphabet of words. Each letter is given four or seven words that start with the corresponding letter. For example the letter 'M' has: Money, Monkey, Music, March, May, and Mr. This alphabet only goes until the letter 'P'. Brown printed wrappers with penciling. String binding. OCLC 3 (March 2020) Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Maj. James Calvin Hemphill was born on May 13, 1851 to Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill (1806-1876) and Hannah Smith Lind Hemphill (1808-1895) in Due West, Abberville County, SC. He had several siblings: John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), Isabell Hemphill (1845-?), and Mary Elizabeth Hemphill (?-1840). He graduated from Erskine College in 1870, where is father was a professor.  He married Rebecca Mariner True Hemphill (1855-1923), in 1878 and it is unclear if they had any children together. James was a journalist, mainly for South Carolina local newspapers, but at one point was a Washington correspondent. He was perhaps most well know for his attempts to discredit then Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson. He died from injuries resulting from a fall from a train car on November 20, 1927 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, SC.
Birmingham Musical Festival Committee Birmingham Musical Festival Broadside, A Charity Fundraiser. B. Hunt and Sons.Birmingham, England.September 1849
A broadside for the  Birmingham Musical Festival, more often called the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival, which was the longest-running classical music festival. It was founded in 1787, it is several day musical festival, that ran in September every three years. The money raised by the festival originally went towards the construction of a General Hospital and after its completion, towards it's upkeep. The festival last took place in 1912. This broadside advertises the dates of the 1849 festival, September 4-7, the ticket prices, opening of doors, general directions, dress ball information, entrances, and carriage information. J. F. Ledsam, chairman. Measures 14" x 9".
 Fourth Subscription Concert, The All Star Concert Series, INC, Presents the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, A Program. All Star Concert Series, INC.Harrisburg, PA.12808
A program for the Hall John Negro Choir's concert on January 24, 1935 in Harrisburg, PA, which was a part of the All Star Concert Series. The Hall Johnson Negro Choir became well-known for their performances African-American spiritual music. The songs they sang were sometimes arranged by their conductor Hall Johnson. A few years prior to the this program's performance, the choir had shot to fame for their participation in the 1930 Broadway play by Marc Connelly, The Green Pastures. The program's performance featured five acts of four songs each. Some of the songs performed were: 'What Kind of Shoes You Going to Wear', 'Who Built the Ark?', 'Going Down to Dat Lonesome Road', 'Free at Last', 'Deep River', and 'Little Black Train'. One of the interior pages of the program features a list of upcoming performances at the concert hall, which was the Forum of the State Education Building, throughout February of 1935. The back cover features an advertisement for J. H. Troup Music House, which sold instruments.  Single fold, double sided. Inscribed on front cover in blue ink. Measures 9" x 6" (folded), 12" x 9" (unfolded). . Francis Hall Johnson (1888-1970), more popularly known as Hall Johnson, was an African-American composer and arranger of African-American spiritual music. Hall debut as a professional violinist in New York in 1910, and toured for over a decade in a variety of orchestras. Over the years he became more interested in choral music, specially African-American spiritual music, and eventually he formed the Hall Johnson Negro Choir in 1925. Over the next several decades as the Choir grew in fame, Hall would arrange music for his choir for several different Hollywood and Broadway productions. For example Run Little Chillun, The Green Pastures, Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, Hal Roach's Zenobia, and Disney films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo and the Song of the South. Hall even voiced one of the crow characters, Preacher Crow, in the film Dumbo. Hall was posthumously elected into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975, five years after his death.
How To Twirl a Baton
A booklet where "The secret of baton twirling [is] revealed!" The booklet specially gives instructions intended for drum majors, whether they are in a marching band or drill corps. The manual provides instructions on a variety of different moves one can perform with a baton and has step by step diagrams illustrating them. The specific moves described within the booklet are: 'fake' twirl, two finger twirl, four and five finger twirl, two hand twirl, the reverse, around the neck, forward thrust, around the back, right and left side cartwheels, the halt, high throw, two finger spin and high throw, and the hand front spin. Followed by some general advice, such as "when twirling in a spotlight, do not throw up in the air unless you can catch baton without looking up"  as well as instructions on twirling contests. It concludes with three excerpts from newspaper articles about baton twirling. Color illustrations of drum majors with their batons front and back interior and exterior covers. Some of the illustrations are images from photographs of real drum majors. Inscribed on front cover by previous owner, E. H. Criswell. 40 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 0 (Oct. 2020). Measures 8" x 5 1/2".
Johann Strauss Kinderspiele Polka Française, für das Pianoforte, op. 304 [Children's Games, French Polka for the Pianoforte]. Wien, C. A. Spina..1866
7 pages, cover has a floral decoration along with the image of six children dancing in a circle. The inside cover contains a list of of other songs published by Johann Strauss and his two brothers Josef and Eduard. In German.  Measures 13 1/2" x 10 1/4".. Inscribed. Toned and soiled due to age. Tape repair on inside front cover.
 Advertisement for G. W. Dudley Singing and Voice Lessons. G. W. Dudley.Boston, MA.September 1875
A single page advertisement for singing and voice lessons taught by George. W. Dudley. He offered 20 lessons at $60 or 10 lessons for $35 with half the tuition due at the time of the first lesson. Dudley was a member of the South Boston Choral Union, who taught his students in the "Dr. H. R. Streeter Method", which was a method of voice building by the mechanical formation of the human voice. Dr. Horace Streeter even published book of this theory entitled "Voice Building" in 1871. Single sided sheet. Measures 8" x 5".
 Theater Understudy Notice, M'lle Poinsot is Replaced by M'lle Piccolomini, The Daughter of the Regiment. Theatre d'Orleans.New Orleans, LA.December 10, 1858
The item is a notice to the public by the Theatre d'Orleans for the performance of "The Daughter of the Regiment", a opera comique by Gaetano Donizetti. In the notice it states that "M'lle Poinsot is too unwell to appear this evening... [she] is suffering from such a severe indisposition that it will be impossible for her to fulfil [sic] her professional duties... M'lle Piccolomini, anxious that the public should not be put to any inconvenience, has most obligingly offered her services, and without necessary rehearsal." Anne Poinsot and Marietta Piccolomini were both European soprano opera singers on tour in America in 1858-1859. Poinsot had just recently finished her stint as the Prima Donna from the Grand Opera House in Paris, while Piccolomini was most famous for her role as Violetta in the opera La Traviata. One-sided sheet. Measures 9 1/2" x 5 3/4".
 Brochure for New England Music Camp. New England Music Camp.Oakland, ME.[1940]
A brochure for New England Music Camp located in Oakland, ME. Started in 1937 as a nonprofit by Dr. Paul E Wiggin and his wife Nina Wiggin, the camp's goal was to cultivate and refine the musical skills of the youth as well as help to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of young musicians. The brochure starts with a brief summary of the camp and then continues in more detail regarding the exact nature of the musical education, both instrumental and vocal, provided by the camp. For example, each student a has weekly private lessons, and that they are to practice at least one hour a day in one of the camp's twenty-one practice cabins. There are also a variety of group projects provided by the camp, so that students learn to play as a unit. A 'fully balanced symphonic unit' practices for an hour and fifteen minutes each day as well. Additionally, every Sunday the camp's youth provide outdoor concerts for the locals, family members, and past alumni. Throughout the brochure are printed photographs of the facilities, students playing their instruments, as well as other more ubiquitous camp activities such as swimming, archery, dances, canoeing, and playing tennis. At the back of the brochure is a page of 'General Information', which includes such facts as the camp enrollment (120 campers between ages 12-20), the cost, medical services, and a list of items to bring to camp. Additionally there is a page featuring the camps song, 'By the Shores of Messalonskee', including its score, and a page showing an illustration of Maine and the different routes one can take to get to camp. The camp is still in operation today and is run by the original directors grandchildren. 28 pages. Printed photographic wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 12" x9"..
Bernhard Scholz Kindersang - Heimatklang, Deutsche Kinderlieder: German Children and Folk Songs, Volumes 3-4. .Germany.[1906]
This book is volume 3 and 4 bound into a single volume. Illustrated by Ernest Liebermann. There are twelve (!2) full-page color illustrations, five (5) additional half page (and less) color illustrations, as well as numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Inscribed on the front blank end papers. There are fifteen songs in each volume, thirty in total. Some of the songs found within the book are: Wer hat die schonsten schafchen (Who has the most beautiful sheep), Des Mantellied (the Mantle Song), Wanderlied (Migratory Song), and Aufder Wacht (On the Wakes). Illustrated board covers. Front cover depicts a young girl wandering through the woods holding a basket of flowers. There is a young boy in the back ground, sitting on a tree stump playing the violin. Measures 11 1/2" x 9".
Broadside of Songs and Odes Sung at the Dinner Table During the Complimentary Excursion To the Ladies of the Handel & Haydn Society at Horn Pond.
Handel & Haydn Society .Woburn, MA.August 6, 1844. A broadside featuring the lyrics to the three songs performed at an excursion of the Ladies of the the Handel & Haydn Society on August 6, 1844. The trip was to Horn Pond, a 102 acre body of water found along the Aberjona River in Woburn, MA. The three songs found on the broadside are: "God Save the King" by Moses Whitney, Jr., "Scots Wha Hae wi' Wallace Bled" by Thomas Power, and "Auld Lang Syne" by Moses Whitney Jr. Both Power and Whitney Jr. were honorary members of the H+H society, and seemed to have adapted existing poetry into song or altered already existing songs. The broadside features a decorative filigree border, and at the base is printed "From Farewells' Mammoth Press Office, 8 and 14 Congress Street - Boston." Single sided. Measures 15 1/2" x 9 3/4".. H+H was founded as oratorio society in 1815 by a group of mid-class Bostonians who sought to improve the quality of singing and music within Boston and the Boston area. The group is the third oldest musical society in American and is named after two composers George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Originally the members of the society could only be men, but the society would often invite female singers and soloists to join them in their performances. This was done even for their debut performance, and as such, the society is credited with normalizing female musical performers in public performances, particularly female soloists. H+H is also credited with popularizing, and the first American performances, of Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Verdi's Requiem, and Bach's St. Matthew Passion. H+H is still in existence today, and since 1986 is perhaps most well known for their tradition of Historically Informed Performance (HIP) of Baroque and Classical music, which essentially means the orchestra only plays on instruments that would have been available at the time of the composition of the piece being played. Currently H+H is in its 205th consecutive season.

Lightning Arranger - Device for arranging orchestrations and transposing music. Lightning Arranger.Allentown PA.1931
An oblong 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" celluloid device with two (2) side by side wheels, with a eight (8) window openings on each side.  One side  is designed to find dominant and sub-dominant chords by setting both wheels to key. It includes Seventh Chords and Major Chords.  The reverse is for all instruments including pianos and violins tuned in C.  One wheel represents Ninth Chords, the other Minor Chords.   Originally had a booklet explaining chord progression and instructions for transposing and outlines chord structure.. Invented by Samuel "Skip" Rapoport, the Lightning Arranger, was a device for arranging orchestrations and transposing music. Rapoport said his device arranges music mathematically, the way music is arranged. It works by turning a wheel on the device, which in turn reveals the appropriate information on another part of the cardboard unit. It sells for $6 and was manufactured for him by a New Jersey company. The arranger comes with a booklet that explains chord progression, provides instructions for transposing and outlines chord structure. It claims to be a simplified method for arranging orchestrations. Literature on the device claims it's good for musicians, arrangers of music, band and choir directors, orchestra leaders, music instructors, supervisors, students of music, singers, accompanists, music teachers, beginners and composers.
Spivak Arranger and Transposer Volvelle - Arrange music for an orchestra
A 4 1/2" in diameter celluloid volvelle with four different windows allows you to "write four part harmony for all instruments at a flash" according to an advertisement found while researching the product.  Includes music for flute, sopranino sax, alto & baritone saxophone, trumpet, cornet, tenor sax, sopranino sax, clarinet,  violin, piano, guitar, uke, madolin, cello, bass, bassoon and trombone. The exterior of the original envelop provides comprehensive instructions.
Charles T. Miller Frog Opera with Pollywog Chorus, A Musical Extravaganza. J. A. & A. Reid.Providence, RI.1880
A burletta (brief comic opera) based on the nursery tale and song 'A Frog He Would A Wooing Go'. The opera consists of  three acts: Banks of the Danube, The Gypsy Camp, and The Old Mill, with fifteen (15) anthropomorphic characters along with a chorus of 'pollywogs gypsies, rats and mice. The characters in play are: Prince Frog, Simon (Prince's squire), Baron Rat, Sir Thomas Cat, Robber Kitten, Gipsy Chief, Frog Sentinel, Queen Frog, Baroness Rat, Miss Mouse, Child Frog, and Four Brave Frogs. There are several black and white line drawings throughout. 24 pgs. Two color printed pictorial wrappers. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4".
Copy Book of Religious Hymns.  Cover illustration - Pen Mightier than the Sword. Benjamin B. Mussey & Co..29 Cornhill, Boston.c1850
This blank book was published by Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. sometime in the mid 1800s. The unknown owner of the book used it to copy hymns of a religious nature. There are six hymns in total in the book,
E Hertwell  Handmade Book of Children's Songs with Words, Verse & Illustrations. ..1940s
A handmade song book with over 50 songs. The book has been divided up into seven categories: Traditional, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Animals, Special Occasions, People, and Games . The majority of the songs in this book are short nursery songs, such as 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', 'Rock-a-bye Baby', and 'Rain, Rain, Go Away'. The book is made from construction paper which each page a different color. Pasted onto the page is the handwritten song, with the music and lyrics. Additionally, on the top right, the author has written the origin of the song. Adding even more charm to this book, relevant pictures or cutouts are added to each page. For example, a cut out of an umbrella on the page with the 'Rain Song' or an image of a church's steeple on the page for 'Glad Easter is Here'. At the front of the book is a page that lists all the songs found within. The book is bound together with two metal rings. Measures 9" x 6". To view this item, please click on the following link: The front cover is detached, as well as a few interior pages. The color of the construction pages is sometimes faded along the edges.
Charlotte Alice Osgood Haskell Diary of Charlotte A Osgood of Georgetown, MA. .Georgetown, MA.1885-1889
A diary of a young woman from Georgetown, MA, named Charlotte Osgood. Her family were prominent in local society.  Covering four years, the journal starts with almost daily entries. As the years progress, the entries diminish in frequency, but are always picked up again during some of the exciting times in Charlotte's life. For example her trip to Provincetown in August of 1886. Charlotte also toured at Perkins School for the Blind and met Laura Bridgmen (the first American blind and deaf individual to be educated). The rest of her entries generally start with a note on the current weather, and detail her activities for the day. Such as who visited who, and where she went. Her daily activities consisted of a variety of meetings, such as church meetings, choir meetings, and missionary meetings. Charlotte loved music and often went to concerts and plays. Some of the quotes do revolve around the theme of government, perhaps an influence of her father. Towards the end of the journal, Charlotte has recorded a variety of her favorite songs, poems, and quotes, as well as a few recipes (for Lemon Sherbet and pop over. Below are a few excerpts from the journal. "Started south for Boston, about ten I saw Lanceirs and Major Perkins. Had a splendid time at the Blind School. Saw Mr. Anofer and Laura Bridgeman, left around 12:30. Dined at Marstou on drek [?} and banana fitters Went to the Museum and saw Devin Bouciciult in "the Lift", enjoyed it very much." - February 22, 1886 "In the afternoon, we went to Long Point and had beautiful time, took off my shoes and stockings, water awful cold. Singing in evening." - August 23, 1886, Provincetown Trip "When things go right, things come right for them" - Quote from The Squire of Sandal-Side by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr "Judgment is a factor of government, so long as gov. continues, judgment  goes and is going on all the time..." "Good night, love; good night love, May heaven's brightest stars watch over thee, Good Angels spread their wings and cover thee, And thro' the night, so dark and still, Spirits of the light, charm thee from ill!" - Excerpt from "Good Night Dear Love, Good Night" a lullaby by Mrs. F. A. Butlee Journal is approximately three-quarters full. Marble covers. There is a wax seal is present on the first page of the journal. Measures 8 1/4 x 6 1/2" . Her family were prominent in local society with her father, Stephen Osgood (1826-1911), being a local wealthy merchant tailor and heavily involved in local politics. He even was a State Representative and State Senator for a time, as well as being a appointed as Postmaster General for the area in 1904. Charlotte Alice Osgood was born on November 20, 1862 to Stephen Osgood (1826-1911) and Sarah Palmer Carter (1829-1902) in Georgetown, MA. She has three siblings: Louis Kossouth Osgood (1852-?), Stephen Carter Osgood (1854-1933), and Charles C. Osgood (1857-1922). She married Dr. Clement Cadwell Haskell (1847-1900) on September 29, 1892 and had two children: Osgood Fitz-Osborne Haskell (1895-1970) and Charlotte C Haskell (1897-?). She died on April 22, 1918.
Joan and Nan's Book Of Cho and Patricia, Hand-drawn Anthropomorphic Drawings, a collection of picture stories about a pig and a bird. ..1924-1925
A album featuring a series of drawings depicting the characters Cho and Patricia, a song bird and pig respectively. A collection of series of pictures telling the story of their unusual friendship.  They include Cho going to church; a series of misadventures, building a brick wall, moving to a new flat, Pat trying to sing, Waiting for results, Spring 1924; featuring Pat leaving in her new spring bonnet because of Cho's continuous singing followed another series of Cho's misadventures, Pat and Cho playing tennis and concluding with a letter applied to the album - A "Sonit" sent from Cho to Pat about a "buteous" pig with intentional phonetic misspellings through out; truly charming. Each page features a small drawing, mostly done in black ink, featuring one if not both of the characters. Cho is a small bird who loves to sing, and is often seen lamenting when the weather is bad. Patricia, the pig, appears to follow Cho around, taking care of the bird and worrying that Cho is exhausting herself with all that singing. Sometimes, in addition to the drawings, there is written commentary with the images. On the inside covers (both front and back) there are two large drawings of a young girl wearing glasses. Additionally the title of the album is inscribed on the inside front cover: "Joan and Nan's Book of Cho & Patricia". The drawings are done on small to medium pieces of paper, sometimes lined, that have been pasted on to the album pages. A few of the inserts have been stapled onto the album pages. Most are either undated, or dated to 1924-1925.18 leaves, with predominately blank reverse. String binding. Measures 10" x 8 1/2"..
 Primrose Hill and St. Patrick was a Gentleman Broadside and Song Sheet. J. G. & H. Hunt.Boston, MA.[1835]
A song sheet featuring two songs, Primrose Hill and St. Patrick was a Gentleman. There are two woodcuts on the top of the sheet. The first wood cut shows a suitor sitting on hill surrounded  by various items, including a shield emblazoned with "Assiduity". The second woodcut is of a cathedral. Below is an excerpt from each song poem: "Fair maid of Primrose hill, he cried, I've come a wooing here; So do not treat me with disdain, Nor use me too severe. For my love 'tis true and is fix'd on you, Constant I'll be to only thee, Thou flower of ev'ry few." - Primrose Hill "There's not a mile in Ireland's isle where dirty vermin muster, But there he put his dear fore foot and mur'er'd them in clusters; The toads went pop, the frogs went flop, slap dash in the water, And the snakes committed suicide to save themselves from the slaughter" - St. Patrick was A Gentleman Single sheet. Printed in two columns. OCLC 0 (Oct 2019). While there are similar entries in OCLC, they are by a different publisher. Measure 8 1/2" x 8".
 Song, written for the 4th of July, 1810, A Broadside Song Sheet. .Westermoreland, NH.July 10, 1810
A patriotic song for July 4th written in twenty numbered stanzas., four lines each. The poem doesn't focus on specific battles too much, but rather the bravery of our men and their Commanders, like George Washington. The song is printed in two columns with as small decorative border in-between the two. Below are excerpts from the poem: "Their hostile banners were display'd, And Yankee doodle then was play'd; But soon their troops in blood did wade, And quickly left their station." - Stanza 4 "So neatly we around them got; We played so bravely with our shot; These rogues they found the fire so hot, They were forc'd to cry for quarter." - Stanza 12 "Brave countrymen, let's drop a tear To th' memory of each friend so dear, Who fell without a dread or fear, Defending of their Nation. July the fourth, of which we sing; The day we sever'd from a king; Be ne'er forgot while time has wing, To waft it o'er the Nation." - Stanzas 19 & 20 Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 1 (Oct 2019) Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. Measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2".