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Hebrew Publishing Company sheet music catalogue and price list

Contributed by Noah Bromberg on Dec 27th, 2020. Artwork published in .
    Hebrew Publishing Company sheet music catalogue and price list 1
    Source: https://www.loc.gov Library of Congress, Music Division. License: All Rights Reserved.

    These turn-of-the century catalogs from a publisher of Yiddish sheet music take a maximalist approach to Victorian-era typography. There are 12 typefaces on the page by my count, some of them only used for one or two lines of text.

    The Hebrew Publishing Company was founded by Joseph Werbelowsky in 1900, and published Jewish books, religious materials, and sheet music, becoming one of the most successful Jewish publishers in New York of the early 20th century. At the time, “Hebrew” was the preferred term for anything Jewish, and the Hebrew Publishing Company published materials in Yiddish and English as well as Hebrew. Much of the Yiddish in America then was printed in a very Germanized orthography — especially egregious here are the umlauts in “König” and “Schöne” (standard kinig/kenig and sheyne). This iteration of the catalog is taken from the back of their Potpourri of selected Hebrew melodies, a medley of 12 dance melodies and Hasidic nigunim arranged for piano.

    Detail ft. , , and .
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    Detail ft. Bradley, Quaint, and Ronaldson.

    Detail ft.  (“Min Hameizar”)  and  (“Homon der Zweiter”).
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    Detail ft. Facade (“Min Hameizar”) and De Vinne (“Homon der Zweiter”).

    Detail ft.  (“Kol Nidre”),  (“arranged by”), and  (“Voice and Piano”).
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    Detail ft. French Clarendon (“Kol Nidre”), Jenson Old Style (“arranged by”), and Fullface Italic (“Voice and Piano”).

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