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Songs Collection

Melodies that transcend time and boundaries, they have the power to transport us to different worlds

Background imageSongs Collection: Couple Dancing / Piano

Couple Dancing / Piano
A couple dancing to popular songs of the day such as Schade, dass man per Telefon nicht kussen kann ( What a shame you can t kiss over the phone )

Background imageSongs Collection: Lear / Owl & Pussycat / C19

Lear / Owl & Pussycat / C19
The Owl & the Pussy-Cat went to sea, In a beautiful pea- green boat; They took some honey, & plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note

Background imageSongs Collection: Lear / Owl & Pussycat

Lear / Owl & Pussycat
THE OWL & THE PUSSY-CAT The Owl & the Pussy-Cat ask the Pig if he is willing to sell them his ring

Background imageSongs Collection: Hills. Christmas Is Coming. Cecil Aldin. 1898. jpg

Hills. Christmas Is Coming. Cecil Aldin. 1898. jpg
Illustration by Cecil Aldin depicting a kindly Father Christmas reciting the traditional song, " Christmas is Coming, the Goose is getting Fat" to a gaggle of obviously dim geese

Background imageSongs Collection: Group photo, Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, USA

Group photo, Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, USA
Group photo of the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They were an African-American a cappella ensemble who toured

Background imageSongs Collection: James Doughty, oldest clown in England

James Doughty, oldest clown in England
James Doughty of Brighton, at the time of this photograph the oldest clown in England, about to celebrate his 94th birthday. Seen here in costume with two of his performing dogs

Background imageSongs Collection: Wassailing Apple Trees

Wassailing Apple Trees
In Devon and Somerset, apple growers wassail orchards on 17 January, with songs and a bucket of hot cider; a tree is lightly sprinkled, then the wassailers drink the rest

Background imageSongs Collection: Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Background imageSongs Collection: Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (1857-1934), English composer. He composed oratorios, chamber music, symphonies, instrumental concertos, and songs

Background imageSongs Collection: Lear / Quangle-Wangle / C19

Lear / Quangle-Wangle / C19
THE QUANGLE WANGLEs HAT The Quangle Wangles 200ft. ornamented hat, on top of the Crumpetty Tree

Background imageSongs Collection: Lear / Jumblies / Nonsense

Lear / Jumblies / Nonsense
THE JUMBLIES The Jumblies go to sea in a sieve on a stormy day

Background imageSongs Collection: Arthur Roberts, music hall entertainer

Arthur Roberts, music hall entertainer
ARTHUR ROBERTS Music hall entertainer. Date: 19th century

Background imageSongs Collection: Florrie Forde music hall singer 1875-1940

Florrie Forde music hall singer 1875-1940
Florrie Forde (Flora Flanagan) born in Australia, music hall singer known for popular chorus songs, pantomime principal boy. Sang ?It?s a long way to Tipperary? in World War I

Background imageSongs Collection: Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho)

Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho)
1730804 Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); (add.info)

Background imageSongs Collection: Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer 1857-1940

Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer 1857-1940
Marie Loftus music hall dancer and singer, pantomime star. Reputation for singing risqu songs. Mother of Cissie Loftus, music hall mimic. In costume holding rose

Background imageSongs Collection: The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem

The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem
Page from The Needle Worker from March 1915, advising readers on knitting for men and boys and featuring, The Knitting Song, a poem by Jessie Pope

Background imageSongs Collection: Cantigas de Santa Maria (Virgin Mary Songs)

Cantigas de Santa Maria (Virgin Mary Songs)

Background imageSongs Collection: Music cover, Down at the Old Bull & Bush

Music cover, Down at the Old Bull & Bush, words by Russell Hunting, Percy Krone and Andrew B Sterling, music by Harry Von Tilzer, sung with enormous success by Miss Florrie Forde. Date: 1905

Background imageSongs Collection: The Pobble Who Has No Toes (colour litho)

The Pobble Who Has No Toes (colour litho)
5209823 The Pobble Who Has No Toes (colour litho) by Brooke, Leonard Leslie (1862-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Pobble Who Has No Toes)

Background imageSongs Collection: The Labours of Thor (engraving)

The Labours of Thor (engraving)
6021195 The Labours of Thor (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Labours of Thor)

Background imageSongs Collection: Music cover, Apple Blossom Time

Music cover, Apple Blossom Time
Music cover, I ll be with you in Apple Blossom Time, sung by The Andrews Sisters in the Universal Picture, Rookies. 1941

Background imageSongs Collection: Carmina Burana 13th C

Carmina Burana 13th C
A page from a Latin manuscript of the Carmina Burana, a collection of poems, songs and short plays; published in 1847 by Johann Schmeller, the name means songs of Beuren Date: 13th century

Background imageSongs Collection: Lyrics by Anne Boleyn

Lyrics by Anne Boleyn
Words by Anne Boleyn entitled O Death Rock Me On Sleep accompanied by an illustratio of the ill-fated Queen looking rather tragic. Date: 1934

Background imageSongs Collection: The Owl And The Pussy-Cat (colour litho)

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat (colour litho)
5209841 The Owl And The Pussy-Cat (colour litho) by Brooke, Leonard Leslie (1862-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Owl And The Pussy-Cat)

Background imageSongs Collection: How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving)

How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving)
6021222 How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving) by Small, William (1843-1931) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSongs Collection: Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow (colour litho)

Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow (colour litho)
5209828 Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow (colour litho) by Brooke, Leonard Leslie (1862-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow)

Background imageSongs Collection: Robert Franz, German composer (1815-1892) (b / w photo)

Robert Franz, German composer (1815-1892) (b / w photo)
814164 Robert Franz, German composer (1815-1892) (b/w photo) by German Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robert Franz)

Background imageSongs Collection: Widecombe Fair (colour litho)

Widecombe Fair (colour litho)
3094380 Widecombe Fair (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Widecombe Fair. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageSongs Collection: Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals

Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals
This postcard titled Mr Albert Chevaliers Recitals shows the many characters Albert Chevalier played. As the coster, fourth from right in the front row, he sang his famous coster songs

Background imageSongs Collection: Roger Quilter

Roger Quilter
ROGER QUILTER English musician, known chiefly for his songs though he also wrote orchestral music of an impressionist character. Date: 1877 - 1953

Background imageSongs Collection: Great Macdermott / Feather

Great Macdermott / Feather
THE GREAT MACDERMOTT (Gilbert Hastings Farrell) Music hall singer of patriotic songs: I ll strike you with a feather

Background imageSongs Collection: Daisy Dormer music hall singer 1883-1947

Daisy Dormer music hall singer 1883-1947
Daisy Dormer (Kezia Beatrice Stockwell) music hall singer and pantomime favourite. Here as Maid Marion in ?Babes in the Wood?. Music hall stars often performed their hit songs in pantomime

Background imageSongs Collection: Yvette Guilbert music hall singer 1865-1944

Yvette Guilbert music hall singer 1865-1944
Yvette Guilbert (Emma Laure Guilbert) French music hall singer. Known as a ?diseuse? for her monologue-like patter songs. Here at her dressing-table preparing for a performance

Background imageSongs Collection: Cantigas de Santa Maria Cantiga XXVIII, of Alfonso X the Wise (1221-1284)

Cantigas de Santa Maria Cantiga XXVIII, of Alfonso X the Wise (1221-1284)

Background imageSongs Collection: Over There, c.1770-1959 (print)

Over There, c.1770-1959 (print)
3672390 Over There, c.1770-1959 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: James Francis Driscoll collection of historical American sheet music)

Background imageSongs Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageSongs Collection: A school teacher. 1834 (engraving)

A school teacher. 1834 (engraving)
7147157 A school teacher. 1834 (engraving) by Crepon, L. (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A school teacher. Song by Pierre Jean de Beranger ( 1780-1857 ) Design by L

Background imageSongs Collection: Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print)

Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print)
3671835 Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print) by Hewitt, John Hill (1801-90); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageSongs Collection: The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration)

The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration)
7485453 The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: Le Bon Pape: Le Temps)

Background imageSongs Collection: Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte

Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte, c.1770-1959 (print)
3672031 Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Hall & Pond (1833-1847); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageSongs Collection: From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting)

From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting)
7432284 From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting) by Backer, Harriet (1845-1932); 1908 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Harriet Backer (1845-1932)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageSongs Collection: Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print)

Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print)
3673901 Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: James Francis Driscoll collection of historical American sheet music)

Background imageSongs Collection: The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print)
3671819 The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Hall & Pond (1833-1847); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageSongs Collection: The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673329 The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info)

Background imageSongs Collection: The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration)

The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration)
7485443 The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: The old bachelor)

Background imageSongs Collection: Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)

Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)
7443877 Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper) by Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868-1928); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: PRINTS Scottish musical review Mackintosh)

Background imageSongs Collection: The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop

The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop
5313575 The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop, 19th century (engraving) by American School

Background imageSongs Collection: Time, 1836 (illustration)

Time, 1836 (illustration)
7485448 Time, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: Le Temps: illustration by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-1847)



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Melodies that transcend time and boundaries, they have the power to transport us to different worlds. From Edward Lear's whimsical tales of the Owl & Pussycat sailing away on a beautiful pea-green boat, to the enchanting tunes sung by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University during a pivotal era in American history. Even amidst the challenges of C19, music remained a source of solace and unity. In 1898, Cecil Aldin captured the joyous anticipation of Christmas with his painting 'Hills. Christmas Is Coming. ' The Wassailing Apple Trees echoed harmonies through ancient orchards, celebrating nature's abundance and fertility. An angelic figure adorned with butterfly wings strummed their harp, creating celestial melodies that touched our souls. Sir Edward Elgar composed symphonies that stirred emotions deep within us; his music resonating through generations. Meanwhile, Arthur Roberts and Florrie Forde graced music halls with their charismatic performances, captivating audiences with laughter and song. From Lear's imaginative Quangle-Wangles to Jumblies dancing in nonsense rhythms, they have always embraced creativity beyond conventions. And let us not forget James Doughty - England's oldest clown - whose playful tunes brought smiles to faces young and old alike and can more than just words set to melody; they are vessels carrying stories untold and emotions unfelt until they reach our ears. They remind us of our shared humanity as we join together in harmony.