Advert For H. F. Fairweather's Musical Cabinetto
Medium: Print on paper
Playing and listening to music formed a large part of the Vitorian social life. Soirees and concerts were held where ladies and gentlemen of the wealthy classes where they could show off their musical skills and dance with one another. The middle classes also became more interested in music in this period. Pianos became available to buy on hire purchase and after the upright was invented they could be fitted into the parlour. The instrument presented on this leaflet is a ‘cabinetto’ and was for those with no musical talent. It was like a music box, and by turning a handle and inserting one of a number of rollers music would be played to the audience.