THE AUTOGRAPH BLOG

Operetta - A Theatrical History and Timelines

An Operetta is a form of theatre combined with a light opera. It grew out as an independent genre around the middle of the nineteenth century. It originated, in Paris in the 1850s from the French opéra-comique, to satisfy a need for short, light works to contrast with the full-length...

Italian Conductor Guido Cantelli: His Life and Times

Guido Cantelli was a renowned Italian conductor whose brief yet fruitful journey allowed him to conduct in some of the most famous concert halls of the world. So promising was Cantelli’s career that Maestro Arturo Toscanini once stated, "He [Cantelli] will, I feel sure, be my true successor." Sadly, Cantelli’s...

Signed Bookplate: What it is and Why it Exists

Before signed bookplates existed, people used to tip in or add autographed cards, signed programs, and even handwritten notes signed by the authors. A bookplate is a sticky piece of paper that is attached or glued to one of the first pages of a book, so a signed bookplate will...

Pavarotti's Home Museum in Modena, Italy: A Treasure Trove of Art and Culture

When you think of Modena, Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is probably opera. And for a good reason – the city is home to one of the most famous tenors of all time, Luciano Pavarotti. But there's more to Modena than just its operatic heritage. The city...

Autograph Dealers Fake vs Real - 12 Things to Consider (and Not)

Regardless of whether you’re an experienced autograph collector or simply a casual buyer looking for an autograph as a gift, you need to consider if the sellers are reputable, honest autograph dealers. Below we list some of the key things you need to know in order to evaluate who you...

Anna Pavlova - Dying Swan and the Making of her Only Film

Anna Pavlova is one of the greatest and most influential dancers of all time, constantly being revered as one of those figures that helped dancing take a much clearer and fascinating form. In that regard, there are a lot of interesting facts and stories regarding her life and work, which...

Historical Documents - A Window to the Past

Any official document which can be relied upon as the basis or as a support document for anything related to history is a historical document. A historical document can be from any field from politics to medicine, or any field of human experience. They are frozen moments in time, a...

Antoni Esplugas: From Painter to Pioneering Photographer

People might say Antoni Esplugas' destiny was becoming a great artist. Born Antoni Esplugas Puig on April 26, 1852, the son of a painter, Antoni Esplugas Gual, and a drawing teacher, Mariana Puig Battle of Villanova, Antoni Esplugas began painting as a youngster. [IMAGE] Antoni Esplugas by Spanish cartoonist Ramon Escaler...

Havergal Brian: Working-Class Genius Composer

Havergal Brian was a rare phenomenon among composers; a working-class English boy in a middle-class-dominated field who grew up to be one of the most prolific composers of his generation. Brian was also unusual in that most of his work came at a time of life when most people are...

Hollywood Memorabilia - The Fun of Collecting It

Hollywood Memorabilia has been around forever, or so it  seems. But it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s movie related  merchandise started to become more common. In 1977 Hollywood memorabilia really took off with the release of the first Star Wars films, and its associated figures and other merchandise. 

Great Collections of Today: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Autograph Collection

Wolfgang Mozart Autograph Letter 1778 (Correa do Lago Collection) Pedro Corrêa do Lago of Brazil has amassed the largest private autograph collection in the world. Autograph collectors typically focus on finding pieces within a specific niche. Corrêa do Lago's collection stands out due to the broad array of autographs he...

Firsts London's Rare Book Fair 2022 - Visit our Booth

We are excited to announce that Tamino Autographs will be holding our first booth at the Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair 2022. The event will be held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery in the heart of London’s Chelsea from September 15th to 18th. This year will be the 65th edition...

Farewell to Aldo Mancusi - Founder of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America

Our dear friend Aldo Mancusi passed away this May at 92 years old. While the world will miss him greatly, we are fortunate enough to be left with his lasting legacy, the Enrico Caruso Museum of America. In honor of our beloved Aldo, we want to reflect on his life...

University of Michigan Discovers Galileo Manuscript is a Forgery

The University of Michigan was devastated to find out that one of its most famous artifacts turned out to be a forgery. In their possession since 1938, the manuscript was supposed to have been authenticated many years before. The library’s curators were alerted after historian Nick Wilding reported his concerns about the artifact being a fake. 

Damaged Photos: Guidelines to Types of Damage

While photos may not look alive, the environment impacts them significantly. Most photo damage occurs slowly over time and catches many people by surprise. For collectors, avoiding damage in their photos is crucial. Some photographs have an incalculable value, but they are only worth as much as their quality at...

Gustav Mahler Symphony 2 "Resurrection": The Gilbert Kaplan Story

Music has touched the hearts and lives of people since its beginnings. It's a way to explore the most profound feelings and mysteries of the human experience and bring people together. Almost everyone has a story or two regarding how a particular piece of music touched their soul at one...

The Schubertiade Music Festival Continues to Create Community

Over two centuries since the first Schubertiades were first held, the festivals continue to bring people together and create a community of like-minded people. From small, intimate gatherings to massive, world-famous celebrations, one thing all Schubertiades have in common is connecting lovers of chamber music and lieder-singing.  "Schubertiade" (1868) by...

On the Hunt for The Sopranos Memorabilia: An Overview

More than 20 years ago, on Sunday, January 10, 1999, HBO  broadcasted the pilot episode of ‘The Sopranos’. The series ran  for two decades, and was centered around Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey-based Italian-American  mobster, discussing with his psychiatrist the difficulties he faces trying to balance his family life with...

Autograph vs. Signature - What Is the Difference?

Autograph is a versatile word because it can be used as a noun, a verb, or even an adjective. An autograph is a person’s own handwriting (auto: self, graph: drawing or writing). It is a more general or broad term or concept than a hand-made signature, which is a person´s name handwritten in a particular style and calligraphy, in a distinctive way that can be used as identification.

The Conried Met, 1906-1908: Farrar, Caruso, and Salome

AN AMERICAN DIVA  Geraldine Farrar was the only opera singer to rival Enrico Caruso’s popularity at the Met. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts in 1882, an authentic American diva, she studied in New York, came to the attention of soprano luminaries Nellie Melba and Lillian Nordica and, not yet twenty years...

Adelina Patti: 19th Century's Diva and Queen of Voice

Dubbed by many as “one of the greatest sopranos of all time”, the opera singer Adelina Patti took the mid-19th century by storm with her unmatched coloratura singing and exquisite tone of voice. A child prodigy at birth, she would then rise to fame and rank among some of the...

The Conried Met: 1903-1906

A NEW MANAGER From 1891 to 1903, Maurice Grau had been an urbane and knowledgeable steward for the Metropolitan’s transformation into an international opera house. The style of Heinrich Conried, his successor in the manager’s office, could not have been more different. Grau had made the Met a congenial home...

Autograph Books - A Record of Past and Present

Autographs are some of collectors' most prized possessions, often scribbled onto photographs, programs, memorabilia, or any odd piece of material. But what is better than one famous signature? An entire collection, of course! Some of the most impressive collections of autographs are stored in autograph books from throughout history.  ...

Star Wars Autograph Values - A Complete Guide

Star Wars is an American film franchise, originally created by director and producer George Lucas. The story is set in a distant galaxy, where the ultimate battle between good and evil is being fought. The Star Wars autograph universe can be described as something of a modern space fairy tale, as a mysterious power...

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