January 24, 2022

New From the Chicago Public Library: “The Old Pops Sheet Music Digital Collection”

From the CPL:

The Old Pops Sheet Music Digital Collection contains 37 works of pre-1930s sheet music, pulled from the Chicago Public Library Old Pops & Piano Music Single Sheets collection. This sheet music, once commonly referred to as “parlor music,” features not only music and lyrics, but also attractive (and often colorful) cover illustrations.

Covers once served as a means of advertising a song’s story and lyrics, especially in the era before the phonograph and radio were invented. Tunes like “The Chicago Glide,” “I’m From Chicago,” “The Chicago Express” and “Lincoln Park, A Solo and Chorus” join other songs that celebrate both every day and historic events in Chicago, like the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

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