Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Niagara Lind

Hello everyone! Greetings and salutations. This is the first post for this blog focused on early American popular music and it's publication in the form of folio sized sheet music prior to about 1887. I'm hoping it starts discussions on prominent issues, first editions, title page lithographers and their artists, and the way an image or a lyric can open a window to an important part of American history and social/cultural development.

To begin with, I'm thinking of the Niagara Lind. There is a Jenny Lind litho of her standing in front of what must be Niagara Falls. I'd like some more context on this illustration if anyone has it. I'm assuming it may be representative of that part of her American tour that took her up north and I think it's post-Barnum, after he was cashed out of his contract with her. I'd love to trade for this piece if anyone has it available. Please let me know.