Aw, Sheet- NYPL posts the hits of the 1890's
As part of the incredible project that the New York Public Library is undertaking of scanning and posting online thousands of documents, they've made available over 100 scans of sheet music from the 1890's: American Popular Song Sheet Covers, 1890-1900. Before there were record players or jukeboxes, the sales of these pieces of paper helped to indicate what was on the hit parade at the time. Amazing that in this age of squeamishness about copyright that these historical treasures are available for the online world to see. It's too bad that we only see the covers here- don't you think there are plenty of musicians out there who would like to play some of these old hits?