Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ephemeral 1860s

L.M. Gottschalk's Farewell Concerts in America, 1860s
(Chickering Piano)

Prof. Frederick Hap-e-man, 1863
("playing on two Violins at once")

The collections at the Library of Congress contain relatively few promotional theatrical posters from the 1860s. As the century rolled ever-more-loudly forward, the arts of advertising would multiply and diversify like ambitious bacteria.

Mr. Wehli's Left Hand, 1865
(Chickering Piano)