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    JENNY LIND–THE SWEDISH NIGHTINGALE..

    Please note: Autographs from the Leonard Finger collection have not been autenticated by Spence/Grad but we believe these autographs to be as stated.

    It may seem strange today that Americans of the 1850s went gaga over a Swedish opera and folk singer, but that’s exactly what happened. It is even stranger still that the man who engineered her tour was P. T. Barnum, a gentleman not known for high cultural standards. He did, however, possess a strong sense of what was marketable. Lind came over from Sweden in 1850 and toured the Eastern seaboard to great acclaim. Her portrait was taken by daguerreotypists–it was seen on medals, sheet music, crockery, mirrors and magazine covers. This lot contains: a facsimile ticket to her 1851 concert, a program for her Thirty-Third concert at Tripler Hall on November 22, 1850 (detached cover depicts Lind, Barnum and two unidentified musicians), program for Lind’s May 19, 1851 concert (taped spine, wear to covers), "Welcome Sweet Bird of Song" sheet music (cover only), "Jenny Lind’s Greeting to America" sheet music with pictorial cover (slight aging and horizontal fold), "The Jenny Lind Polka" sheet music and an 1898 printing of "The Celebrated Jenny Lind Polka" sheet music.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2003
    9th Tuesday
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