Over the last couple of months I seem to have built up quite a stock of old theatre, pantomime and Opera/Ballet programmes and only now have I started listing any. It was only when I started to scan some I realised what fantastic graphics some of the covers show. One in particular I have scanned below, the “Casanova” production at the London Coliseum in the 1930s. The front cover illustration is signed JP Seaborn about whom I have been able to find very little information. I know they (he or she?) have one poster in the V&A but little else.
Most of these theatre programmes are not expensive and you could quite easily make a decent collection or frame some of the best covers for display.
Also worth looking out for are some great covers on old sheet music booklets, again quite cheap but often with nice graphics and/or a picture of the star of stage or screen mainly responsible for the fame of the song. I have a large collection including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Gracie Field, Judy Garland etc, and have scanned one below as an example. And again these might also look good framed and displayed?