God help the poor soul who ever accompanies me to an antiques store, vintage shop, or collectibles joint. He or she can expect to wait a long time. I’m incapable of walking past those places without going through the door, and once inside I will browse. And browse and browse and browse. If I had more space in my house, and more money, I would buy up every old piece of memorabilia and collectible thingie from a bygone era that I could find and hoard that stuff like there’s no tomorrow. A commemorative ashtray from the 1901 World’s Fair? Hell yeah. A French perfume bottle from the 1890s? Absolutely. A tortoiseshell ladies hair comb from 1915? Bring it. A Honus Wagner baseball card? No brainer.
A few weeks ago I was in New Hope, Pennsylvania to view the “Naked in New Hope” art show. Afterwards my Mom and I strolled the town and enjoyed its many charming shops. In one of the antiques stores a table of vintage magazines commanded my attention, in particular an old music periodical from 1920 encased in a plastic sleeve. It was called “The Etude”, and at the price of a mere twelve bucks I knew I had to bring it home. It also occurred to me that it might make a nice subject for a Museworthy Music Monday. See how I’m always thinking about my readers? Faithful blogger at your service
Articles on composers, lessons in music theory, practice songs and exercises, contests, ads for conservatories, private instruction, and those cool old things called phonographs, “The Etude” is a lovely little mag. Aside from the yellowed paper and some minor tears in the pages, it’s in pretty good condition.