Sunday, 17 April 2016


Recently I rescued a forlorn looking pile of sheet music, unceremoniously dumped in a plastic bag at a boot fair.

In amongst the huge stash were some lovely examples of late Victorian and early Edwardian sheets.

They get a bit left behind by collectors, due to the later ones having exquisite colour illustrations and photographs, especially in the 1930s.

But to anyone who loves typography, these are absolute gems!
They all have beautifully crafted and bold lettering, that just screams late 19th Century and early 20th Century style. 

Gorgeous typography on The Arcadians from 1909.

The collection seems to have belonged to the same person, as most have the name E. Raike scribbled in the top right hand corner. It's lovely to think this person trooped around, who knows where, clutching these music sheets and playing in a concert hall, a village hall or someone's house. They were obviously well-used and well-loved as they have thumb prints in the corners, through continually turning the pages, and one has been sewn back together!

 The mysterious E. Raike, who seems to have been a prolific player!

Here are just some of them here for you to see...

Jessie's Dream has certainly had an eventful life! It's the oldest in the collection and dates to around 1888. Love the way it has been stitched back together. 

 En Route Quick March from ©1890

 1917's The Maid of the Mountains.

 The designer had fun on the typography here!

 Nice border designs, looking a bit Art Deco, although it dates from much earlier.

 The Liberty Bell March from 1893.

A rare splash of colour on this one! Dates from 1901.

 Subtle but effective lettering on this bashed music sheet.

Lovely purple tint and flower designs on this 1890s A Summer Holiday.

 Love the intricate motifs around the G.

 1902's Down the Vale song is a bit bashed, but you can still see the different fonts used to great effect.

 Complicated 1890s type for the wonderfully named Charles Kinkel.

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