Advert for Padbury's music leaf turner
Medium: Print on paper
The upright piano was invented in the middle of the 19th century. Compact enough to fit into an alcove or along the wall of a parlour, it became a staple of middle class households - particularly in those with marriageable daughters. Towards the end of the century, companies began to sell upright pianos on hire purchase, a type of installment plan, which meant that even the working classes could afford to have a piano in the house.
This led to a trend for musical entertainment and impromptu concerts in the home. As a result there was great demand for sheet music and for devices such as this music-leaf turner.