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    Why do people collect sheet music? There are several reasons
    why. First and foremost, all of us have a favorite song. No
    matter what walk of life you are from, you have at least one
    song that brings back memories of days gone by. Whether the
    memories are good or bad, the song has still become a part of
    your history.

    Many people collect sheet music, especially from the early
    1900's, because of the beautiful artwork on the front covers.
    There were many artists that worked for different music
    publishing companies, and some of these artists also went on to
    design for Walt Disney, and other very well known companies. If
    you examine the cover of many of these old pieces of sheet
    music, you will be able to find where the artist signed the
    artwork. This always increases the value of the piece to a
    collector. You will find names like Starmer, Pfeffer, Barbelle,
    and the mysterious "Rosebud" signature, which is generally
    thought to be the work of several different artists that worked
    for Harry Rosenbaum. This mark usually consists of a rose shape
    within a circle, with several different variations on the basic
    symbol, because of the different artists involved.

    The music of the late 1800's and very early 1900's are sometimes
    collected for the style of printing on the covers. These
    earliest pieces usually had very ornately lettered front covers,
    using different fonts and line graphics that are highly sought
    after by some areas of collectors. Not as beautiful to look at
    as far as the later Art-Deco styles, but still beautiful in
    their own way. Most were printed using only black ink on white
    paper, because the color printing process had not been developed
    well at the time.

    Then you have the collectors that long for the "good old days",
    when families would gather around the piano in the family room,
    and sing the favorites of the time. Jazz and swing numbers, as
    well as waltzes are quite popular, especially if they have a
    photo of the artist that featured the song in a recording on the
    front cover.

    I collect sheet music for all the reasons I have just discussed.
    The memories, the history of the writers and musicians, the
    period of history the songs represent, and of course the artwork
    on the covers are all an obsession with me!

    We invite you to visit Laura's shop: Ice Originals -
    Collectibles, Jewelry and Artistic Designs.

    About the Author

    Laura Thykeson, of "Ice Originals II" ~ Collectibles, Jewelry and Artistic Designs" is an Artist and collector.Also a published poet,She works in oils, acrylics, enamels, ceramics, clay, makes jewelry, as well as colllecting.
    Well known as a local artist, her work is now all across the US, thanks to wholesalers. She is totally self-taught. Her love of collecting stems from her artistic view of the world.