records and Bubble Books were more than just the records and books
-- other products grew up around them and supported sales.
Since the records weren't sold in sleeves,
the records needed to be stored in something that would keep them
safe and secure -- so Little Wonder albums were produced, in many
shapes and sizes.
Sheet music was produced that allowed
people to play the titles that they were listening to -- not surprising
given that Henry Waterson, the founder of Little Wonder records,
was the president of the music publishing company, Waterson, Berlin
& Snyder (see the History
section for more details; the "Berlin" is Irving
Berlin).- The three pieces of sheet
music accessed at left were selected to display here because each
refers to Little Wonder records specifically.-
In fact, the Tiger Rose sheet music refers to Little Wonder, Emerson
and Columbia recordings.
Also accessed at left is the sheet music
to perhaps the most famous of all Little Wonder records, #20, sung
by Al Jolson (to listen to this record, click
Some phonograph and record dealers even
advertised themselves as purveyors of Little Wonder records -- the
stamp on the Uncle Tom sheet music accessed at left describes Stewart
Co. as a seller of sheet music and Little Wonder records.
Bubble Books sold a cut-out book of figures
that could be assembled and placed on top of the record to dance
along with the tune as the record played.
Ads for this cut-out book accessed at
left appeared as an extra page at the end of some copies of the
Child's Garden of Verses Bubble Book (#13) and the Chimney Corner
Bubble Book (#14).