52 Examples of Jewish-American Sheet Music from the Early 20th Century. A collection of English-language sheet music, ca. 4-8 pp. each, in orig. color illus. wrrps., most published in New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, or Los Angeles, ca. 1900-1920. (47699)
“Under the Matzo Tree: A Ghetto Love Song,” “Yiddle on your Fiddle Play Some Rag Time,” and “At Abe Kabbible’s Kabaret,” aren’t the songs that made legends of Jewish-American composers and lyricists like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. Their celebrated contributions to the history of American popular music and modern styles of ragtime, jazz and blues for vaudeville, musical theater, radio, and eventually film have eclipsed their modest beginnings as song-pluggers and composers churning out campy sheet music titles like these for parlor room entertainments and novelty acts in New York City’s raffish Tin Pan Alley. [click to continue…]
Collection of 20 titles, ca. 50-300 pp. each. Paris / Geneva / Moscow, 1897-1973, offered with Inforespace. Cosmologie Phénomènes Spatiaux Primhistoire. Revue Bimestrielle. Nos. 1 (1972) – 67, 69 – 71, 73 & 75, incl. the “hors serie” December annuals nos. 1 (1977) – 8 (1984). Altogether 80 issues comprising a 17-year head-of-series run of the newsletter published by the Société Belge d’Étude des Phénomènes Spatiaux (SOBEPS). 8vo. Uniform silver wrpps. 1972 – 1988. (47653)
Photographic evidence of “OVNI” from the pages of Inforespace. Cosmologie Phénomènes Spatiaux Primhistoire.
When the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 into space on the 4th of October 1957, eyes all over the world were suddenly on the heavens. This was no less true in Geneva, Paris, and Brussels than it was in Washington D.C. and San Diego. The final frontier had finally been broached and popular imagination turned to the night sky with an intensified curiosity.
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Sally, Ted (drawings). Labor Day Sketch Book 1947. Los Angeles CIO Council. Unpaginated (ca. 32 pp.) presentation of proposed designs, drawn by Sally, for floats, banners, costumes, and other accoutrements for a union-oriented progressive Labor Day parade. Oblong large 4to. Orig. printed wrpps. Los Angeles (CIO Council) 1947. (47538)
In the spring of 1947, The Congress of Industrial Organizations was cautiously optimistic. The end of the war meant that industrial labor was no longer bound to its no-strike pledge, and the U.S. Congress had not yet passed the Taft-Hartley act. By mid-summer, however, the picture had changed. Republicans in Congress had managed to vote in the restrictive legislation which promised to hamper the unions’ legal right to strike and prohibit socialists from holding positions of leadership in labor organizations. In response, the Los Angeles Council of the CIO planned an ambitious Labor Day parade to celebrate the organization’s achievements on behalf of white and black working men, and to warn against the lurking dangers of unchecked corporate greed. In advance of the parade, the Council hired cartoonist Ted Sally to sketch several dozen dramatic parade floats, banners and costumes designed to showcase the broad social benefits of collective bargaining.
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