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Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.


"Crinoline Days" Lyrics
[Read more about the 1848-1870 Crinoline Period]
Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse-hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread. The fabric first appeared around 1830, but by 1850 the word had come to mean a stiffened petticoat or rigid skirt-shaped structure of steel designed to support the skirts of a woman’s dress into the required shape.

Back to the olden days that were golden
     Memory often strays;
          Before anyone could gaze,
     At Molly and May's little ankle-displays!

Time with its changes often arranges
     Styles that become the craze;
But I am yearning - to be returning
    Back to those crinoline days ...


Refrain
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In, those dear - old Crinoline days;
   Old fashioned people with their old fashioned ways

When, the girl a fellow courted
   Was, the girl, he married and supported

Back, in eighteen seventy-four
   Rosy complexions weren't bought in a store

Grandma and, granddaddy longingly gaze
   Back to those Crinoline days


 

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