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“Zamona” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Zamona” was composed by William Loraine and published by Witmark and Sons of New York, New York in 1900. The song is an Arabian intermezzo, and is touted as being “immensely popular with Sousa’s band.” The cover is an illustration of a crescent moon and starry night sky above the silhouettes of pyramids, a sphinx, camels, and an oasis.

“Your Heart Rhymes With Mine” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Your Heart Rhymes with Mine" was written by Irving Taylor and composed by Vic Mizzy. The music was published by the Famous Music Corporation of New York, New York in 1933. The cover features an illustration of a woman in a formal gown reclining at the base of a palm tree, with a full moon over the sea behind her. A man wearing a suit is lower, looking up at the woman, attempting to woo her.

“You're a Great Temptation (I Can't Resist)” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “You're a Great Temptation (I Can't Resist).” George C. Pennington wrote the lyrics to the song and Billy James composed the music. The Globe Music Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania published this sheet music in 1915. The white cover features a colorful illustration of the face of a young brunette woman.

“You're One in a Million” Sheet Music

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The sheet music for the song “You’re One In a Million” was written by Harry Harris and composed by Jimmy Durante. The sheet music was published by the Jimmy Durante Music Publishing Co., of Hollywood, California in 1947. The cover has an image of a piano’s keyboard and a violin, with an orange hue. The cover features an inset photo of Andy Russell on the lower left.

“You'll Never Miss Your Mother Till She's Gone” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “You’ll Never Miss Your Mother Till She’s Gone“ was written by Harry Birch, and published by White, Smith, and Company of Boston, Massachusetts in 1885. The cover features an image of a forlorn man reclining against a tombstone, with an image of his mother knitting in her chair above.

“You'll Be Sorry Just Too Late” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song, “You’ll Be Sorry Just Too Late” was written and composed by Billy Gaston, and published by the Shapiro Company of New York, New York in 1907. The cover has a solid orange background with purple text and purple floral designs. The cover features an inset photo of Billy Gaston, and lists his other successful songs.

“You Remind Me of My Mother” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “You Remind Me of My Mother” from the musical play “Little Nellie Kelly.” George M. Cohan wrote the lyrics and composed the music for the song. The sheet music was published by M. Witmark & Sons of New York City in 1922. In 1940 the play was turned into a film that starred Judy Garland.

“You Can't Be True, Dear” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “You Can't Be True, Dear.” Gerhard Ebeler wrote the original lyrics and Hal Cotton wrote the English translation. Hans Otten and Ken Griffin composed the music. The music was published by the Biltmore Music Corporation of New York City in 1948. The brown cover features a triangular pattern with an inset photograph of singer Ken Griffin who would have performed and recorded the song.

“You Can Look and You Can Listen But M-U-M is the Word” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "You Can Look and You Can Listen But M-U-M Is The Word" was written and composed by Jason Brockman and J. Fred Helf. The music was published by Hitland Music Publishers of New York, New York in 1908. The cover has a solid yellow background, with an illustration of two men standing up, with the dandy giving the straight man a wink and a nudge not to tell the Missus about his times down at the dance café.

“W” Fare Token

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The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this transportation token during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and transportation tokens. The center of the token has been removed to leave the shape of a “W.”

Obverse: The legend reads: GOOD FOR ONE FARE

Reverse: The legend reads: GOOD FOR ONE FARE

“Worried About You” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Worried About You” was written by John Steel and composed by Mabel Stapleton. The music was published by the Burrhus Music Publishing Company in 1925. The cover notes that the song has been featured by Mr. John Steel, calling him “America’s Celebrated Tenor.” The cover has an illustration of a man in front of a fireplace, with the flame rising and turning into the face of the woman on his mind.

“With You” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “With You,” written and composed by Paul Rogers, Marilyn Duane, and Paul Denniker. Joe Davis Inc. of New York City published this sheet music in 1938. The blue cover has a background illustration with a musical motif featuring notes, piano keys, and a woman seated at a piano. The illustration is signed, “Manning.” There is a large inset photograph in the center of the cover of Al Jahn, who featured the song with his orchestra in performances.

“Why is The Moon Always Shining” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Why Is the Moon Always Shining (When I Want to Love My Girl)" was written and composed by Mary E. Flynn, Stephen St. John and Frank Davis. The music was published by the Schenectady Music Publication Company of Schenectady, New York in 1922. The cover contains an illustration of a couple in a blue night canoodling under the moonlight of a winking moon. The cover also features a photograph of the Zita Orchestra on the bottom right, who “featured” the song in Albany, New York.

“Why Dost Thou Not Love Me?” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the English version of the song, “Why Dost Thou Not Love Me?” was created by A. W. Tams and the music was revised and arranged by Louis Raymond. The sheet music was first published by William A. Pond and Co. in 1900. The music appeared as a supplement to New York Herald, on June 14, 1903. The cover features an illustration of a man who has dismounted from his horse and cast down his hat and riding crop. His arms are outstretched towards a spectral vision of his lady love in a tree.

“White Christmas” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “White Christmas” from the film Holiday Inn. Irving Berlin wrote and composed the song, and Irving Berlin Inc. published this sheet music in 1942. The cover has several different still photographs from the film, which starred Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, and Virginia Dale.

“Whistling Rufus” Sheet Music

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The sheet music for the song “Whistling Rufus” was written and composed by Kerry Mills and published by F. A. Mills of New York, New York in 1899. The cover depicts whistling Rufus playing a guitar, and the lyrics call him “A great musician with a high position/ was whistling Rufus, the one-band man.” The cover shows well-dressed African-Americans dancing in the background, and Rufus seems to be playing at one of the cakewalks that would soon became famous across America.

“Whispering” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Whispering.” The lyrics were written by Malvin Schonberger and the music was composed by John Schonberger. The music was published by Sherman, Clay & Co of San Francisco, California in 1920. The cover features an illustration of a man and a woman, with the woman fanning herself and the man leaning in to whisper something in her ear.

“Where the Honey Suckles Grow” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Where the Honey Suckles Grow” was written and composed by Arthur S. Josselyn and published by Otto Sutro of Baltimore, Maryland in 1884. The song was published “to Messrs. Primrose and West, of Thatcher, Primrose, and West’s Minstrels.” George Primrose and William West were originally a blackface song and dance team before turning into owners of a high-class minstrel troupe. George Thatcher was a troupe member who eventually became a partner and later had his own troupe.

“Where the Bamboo Babies Grow” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Where the Bamboo Babies Grow.” The song’s lyrics were written by Lew Brown and the music was composed by Walter Donaldson. The sheet music was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. of New York, New York in 1922. The blue and grey cover features an illustration of an enthusiastic sailor, with an inset image of two women wearing floral wreaths on their head standing in tall bamboo. The illustration is signed “Wohlman.”

“Where My Caravan Has Rested” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Where My Caravan Has Rested.” Edward Teschemacher wrote the lyrics to the song and Hermann Löhr composed the music. Chappell & Company Ltd. published this sheet music in 1913.

“Where Do We Go from Here” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Where Do We Go from Here,” which was written and composed by Howard Johnson and Percy Wenrich. The song was published by Leo Feist Inc. of New York, New York in 1917. The colorful cover features an illustration of a soldier ripping through a page, while the action of World War I occurs behind him, and there is an inset photograph of the singer Al Herman on the lower left of the cover.

“When the Sunshine in Your Heart Turns Night Time Into Day” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "When the Sunshine in Your Heart Turns Night-Time into Day" was written by Arthur Longbrake and composed by A. Jackson Peabody. The music was published by the Jos. Morris Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1906. The cover is plain white with black text.

“When the Angelus Is Ringing” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “When the Angelus Is Ringing” that was written and composed by Joe Young and Bert Grant. The Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Company of New York City published this sheet music in 1914. The cover features an illustration of a man and woman sitting on a wicker bench on a veranda overlooking a sunset. There is an inset photograph of Clifton Lyons on the lower left of the cover, who would have featured and performed the song during vaudeville shows.

“When We Get There” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “When We Get There.” The song’s lyrics were written by Billy Frish and Leo Fagan, and the music was composed by Alex Marr. The sheet music was published by the Joe Morris Music Company in 1917. There is an illustration of several battleships and smaller boats filled with men crossing an ocean on the left side of the cover, and an illustration of soldiers marching in file on the right side of the cover. There is a central photograph of the performing duo of Curtis and Rubell on the cover, and the illustration is signed “Starmer.”
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