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Old Music Birthday Card Heirloom
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Have had to go through a bunch of old stuff lately... some was my Grandmother's, mentioned before that music was a big part of her life (sang, played piano & taught popular dancing of her time). 

One of her scrapbooks had Birthday/greeting cards she had received, even a few she had given her folks.  One Birthday card to HER Mother (so, my Great-grandmother) was unusual - contained music notation for a song, with lyrics, when the card was unfolded.  Very interesting with all the attention to copyright/patent info. 

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It is Anton Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me" (1880), set to a poem by Adolf Heyduk.  Fritz Kreisler made an arrangement for violin & piano (published 1914). 

...just think it's kinda cool to consider this way of sharing music with friends & loved ones. 🥰

 

 

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very cool.  you should play and record it.

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@ABitRusty -

You're killin' me!  Did you HAVE to throw the gauntlet down? 🥴 

I haven't had the energy for ANY recording!  Three more grandkids have Birthdays (up to my eyeballs in giftwrap again), time for Fiddle Hell replays almost up, more days of all the grandkids at once - barely have "The Smokey Lum" up to .45 speed! 

Okay, found play-along scores - 2 for Viola (still within VIOLIN range) - one on YT is much harder, this one is easy: Songs My Mother Taught Me (VIOLA version) at 8Notes

...might even play it lower - can't think about it until the weekend. 😊 

Thanks for the incentive! 🤨

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well you dont have to poat just because you record!   I really was thinking more along the lines of giving an imtro to what it was and then a short recording of you playing.  more for family than for here.

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Actually, I would've never taken a closer look if you hadn't made me think about it! 🤗 

Had to squint to notice the version on the card appears to be pretty nice - probably easiest, more restricted pitch range.  Has a couple more measures of violin playing, but there's NO long, annoying, period of solitary piano in the middle.  I'll try out both of the easy ones, but I don't have the time, or ambition, to tackle the Kreisler version. (lol)

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I like the idea of sharing music notation on a greeting card.

All my grandkids pretty much expect some kind of musical pop-up card for their Birthdays & I'm probably going to have to start making my own for them. There are several different options available to record onto, but I hope as the kids get older & learn more about music, they may come to appreciate something similar to this card.

When you think about it, this card was probably 1930's or earlier.  Western Union didn't start singing telegrams until 1933 (I had to check).  Barker Card Company came up with cardboard music box 'cards' in the 50's & wasn't until the 80's that American Express came out with the 1st actual audio greeting card! 

I forgot to mention there's a chatoyancy effect (not a surface texture I can feel), a pattern similar to maple figuring on the back of wood violins, on one side of the paper used to make this card - couldn't capture it in the scan. 

My GGM's card says 'Melody Publishing Corp, New York, on the back - but there was also a 'Melody Cards' company in London (UK) that made flexible vinyl record greeting cards!  I seem to remember seeing a card that could be played on my little portable turntable when I was little.  Flexi Disc records info at Wikipedia.  Here's a more modern card that actually plays it's record!: The Greeting Card that plays a vinyl record

The Internet Museum of Flexi, Cardboard & Oddity Records - "so you thought they were only round & black".

The Small Scale Evolution of Music and Greeting Cards

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