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Advertising Art, Musical Instruments, Boosey & Hawkes, Vintage Posters, c. 1950s-60s


Posters of Musical Instruments
from Instruments of the Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes Limited, London: c. 1950s to 1960s
22 x 16.75 inches, approximate
$250 each

Series of posters illustrating orchestral instruments.  Each poster, in a streamlined illustrational style typical of the Fifties and early Sixties, features an instrument with an outline figure of a musician playing it against a solid colored ground.  The name of the instrument is given in different languages, and a musical staff shows its range. Each poster has a thin metal batten at top and bottom, as issued. They were probably made for advertising in music stores or for classroom decoration.

The following prints from this series are offered here:

Brass: E Flat Alto Saxophone, B Flat Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, F Tuba, Trumpet and Trombone

Wind Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Piccolo and Cor anglais [English horn]

String Instruments: Cello and Double Bass

Percussion: Side Drum, Bass Drum, Triangle, Cymbals, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Glockenspiel and Timpani

Miscellaneous: Sheet Music


These posters were separately issued as part of the series Instruments of the Orchestra, published by Boosey & Hawkes and edited by Captain Meredith Roberts, Director of Music at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.  Boosey & Hawkes was created from a merger of two venerable English companies in 1930 and remains a leading music publisher and musical instrument manufacturer.

Full publication information: Boosey & Hawkes Limited, 295 Regent Street, London, W.1.

Condition:  Most very good or better, with the usual light wear, toning, soiling, soft creases, minor abrasions.  Margins on some with minor scattered crimping.  Some with tape residue on the backside from when once hung.  Some with original owners name written on backside. Battens on some bent or worn.  Please inquire as to specific condition of ones of interest.

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