Of all my ephemera collections, the one I am the most addicted to is my vintage sheet music collection. It’s truly massive.
One of the issues I always had with scanning my collection is that most scanner beds are too small to scan a piece of sheet music in one go. If I wanted a scan with no major cropping, I had to do two scans and tile the piece together in Photoshop. (The same went for large magazine pages, like the Post).
Let me just sing the praises of Photoshop CS3 for a moment. The new Photomerge feature is a godsend. No more must I do all that layering, rotating, color matching, blending and merging by hand — the new feature makes it so easy, and totally seamless. Thanks, Adobe!!! Now I have no excuse for not scanning all my larger pieces!
This gorgeous piece from 1932, I’m Yours For Tonight, with a lovely female closeup paired with a smoking male silhouette, is illustrated by ‘Hap’ Hadley Studio (born Alvan Cordell Hadley).