After the Civil War, over 25,000 new pianos a year were sold, the demand for sheet music was overwhelming. By 1910, sales of sheet music had reached thirty million copies per year.
Not only did publishers fight over attracting the best composers and lyricists, but illustrator artists became a major part of the business as well.
Nowadays each sheet music cover is a century old history and a piece of art.
Trudy, we always want you near us.
Trudy, when you're around, you cheer us.
You've got a smile worth a million to see.
You're such a cutie, you're just as sweet as tutti-frutti.
Trudy, who'll be the lucky fellow?
Tell, oh, tell us, please do.
Trudy, we mean it truly-ooly-ooly-ooly.
Trudy, we love you.
AL SHERMAN was a Russian-American songwriter during the Tin Pan Alley era. His composing career began in 1918 when he became a staff pianist for the Remick Music Company. Al's greatest songwriting achievement, his two sons formed the most formidable songwriting teams in family entertainment, the Sherman Brothers
CHARLES TOBIAS was an American songwriter, growing up in Massachusetts with his brothers Harry and Henry, also songwriters, and started his musical career in Vaudeville
MORRIS ROSENBAUM was a Russian-Polish immigrant who formed his art studio in Manhattan in the early 1910s. The studio was employed almost exclusively by the Leo Feist publishing house (1912-1919), and by the Irving Berlin Company (1919-late 1920s).
Mr. Rosenbaum is the responsible for those cryptically signed covers with the R.S. [Rosebud Studio] symbol