Wednesday, June 3, 2015

1960s Australian Souvenir Album

In the US, Snow White sheet music and songbooks were first published by Irving Berlin, Inc. and then later by the Bourne Company (which still today holds the rights to all the songs). In other countries, however, different publishers were often utilized.

This 40-page glossy cover songbook featuring nine Snow White tunes was issued in Australia by Allans Music Publishers. The small print on the cover reads, "Authorized for sale in Australia and New Zealand only."

No year is listed in the book, but because of the low price of just $1.75 and the fact that decimal currency came to Australia in 1966, it's a good bet that it dates from the late 1960s or early 70s. Printed on slightly heavier paper, it's quite a high quality publication. As the name implies, it is definitely a Souvenir Album containing a brief storyline and numerous illustrations. Publication No. B.9382. Measures 9.25" x 12".

Note that it includes the same story page as we saw in the 1955 Piano Songbook in previous post. It also appeared in the earlier Irving Berlin/Bourne Souvenir Albums.

Table of Contents.

Lots of illustrations were included in the book--several images from the actual film, plus others that were used in storybooks and in numerous promotional items.

Images and text copyright Disney/Allans/Bourne Co.

Special thanks to the John M. Collection of Australia for generously providing the image scans and additional information.

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