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“When the Angelus Is Ringing”

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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”

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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.”

“When I Marry You”

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This sheet music is for the song “When I Marry You” that had lyrics written by Alfred Bryan and music composed by Albert Gumble. Jerome H. Remick & Company of New York City published the sheet music in 1908. The cover features a central illustration of a hooded woman, and illustrator André De Takacs signed the cover “De Takacs.” There is an inset photograph of Cheridah Simpson in the lower right of the cover, who would have featured the song in her performances.

“When Day Is Done”

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This sheet music is for the song “When Day Is Done” that had lyrics written by Buddy G. DeSylva and music composed by Dr. Robert Katscher. The sheet music was published by Harms Incorporated in New York, New York in 1924. The plain white cover features a black text for the title and credits.

“Whatever the Hue of Your Eyes”

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This sheet music is for the song “Whatever the Hue of Your Eyes” that was written by Harry B. Smith and composed by William Marion Cook. The sheet music was published by Joseph W. Stern & Company in 1900. The cover features an illustration of a woman riding a donkey across sand with pyramids in the background, and an inset photo of Virginia Earle. The song came from the show “The Casino Girl,” which starred Virginia Earle.

“What's the Matter with Father”

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This sheet music is for the song “What's the Matter with Father,” that was written and composed by Harry Williams and Egbert Van Alstyne. Jerome H. Remick & Company of New York, New York published this sheet music in 1910. The blue cover has an illustration of a smiling older man, signed by “Starmer” in the lower right. There is a small inset photograph of Williams and Van Alstyne below the illustration, with a larger inset photograph of an unidentified actress on the right of the cover.

“What Are You Going to Do to Help the Boys”

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This sheet music is for the song “What Are You Going to Do to Help the Boys.”The song’s lyrics were written by Gus Kahn and the music was composed by Egbert Van Alstyne. The sheet music was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co. of New York City in 1918. The blue cover features a large question mark in the center with an illustration of Uncle Sam inside, looking down at a pile of war bonds. The song says that if you are too young or too old to fight in the war, “the least you can do is buy a Liberty Bond or two.”

“Werner’s Musical Recitations”

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This sheet music of “Werner’s Musical Recitations” was a collection of songs by various artists that was published by Werner Publishing of New York, New York in 1900. Publishers would often sell these compilations of sheet music after the music’s first publication as a discount option for consumers.

“Weary River”

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This sheet music is for the song “Weary River” that was written by Grant Clarke and composed by Louis Silvers. The music was published by Irving Berlin, Inc. of New York City in 1929. The orange cover had an inset photograph of Richard Barthelmess. Barthelmess performed the song “Weary River” in a movie of the same name, using Vitaphone technology to record the sound for the film.

“We'll Meet Again”

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This sheet music for the song “We’ll Meet Again” was written and composed by William T. Francis and published by Arthur W. Tams of New York, New York in 1900. This sheet music appeared as a musical supplement to the “Philadelphia Times” on Sunday, July 29, 1900. The cover features a lady in Grecian dress playing a lyre on a pinkish background.

“We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines”

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This sheet music is for the song “We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines” from the film “Going Hollywood.”Arthur Freed wrote the lyrics to the song and Nacio Herb Brown composed the music. The sheet music was published by the Robbins Music Corporation of New York City in 1933. The purple cover has a central photograph of Marion Davies and Bing Crosby, who were the stars of the Metro Goldwyn Meyer film.

“We Won't Go Home Until Morning”

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The sheet music for the song, “We Won’t Go Home Until Morning” was written by Keller Mack and composed by Frank Orth. The music was published by M.D. Swisher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1907. The white cover has blue-green lettering and an inset photo of Bessie Wynn, who sang the song as a vaudevillian actress.

“Wah! Hoo!”

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This sheet music is for the song “Wah! Hoo!” that was written and composed by Cliff Friend. The Crawford Music Corporation of New York City published this sheet music in 1936. The yellow and black cover features an illustration of a cowboy riding a bucking horse, and an inset photograph of Eddie Davis who featured the song at the New York City club “Leon & Eddies.”Eddie Davis and Leon Enken opened the club as a speakeasy in 1928 with Davis as the main entertainment.

“Wabash Blues”

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This sheet music is for the song “Wabash Blues.” Dave Ringle wrote the song’s lyrics and Fred Meinken composed the music. Leo Feist Inc. of New York City published this sheet music in 1921. The blue cover has an image of a yellow house, with an inset photograph of Vincent Lopez, a popular band leader at the time who would have featured the song with his orchestra.

“Virginia Rose Bud”

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This sheet music is for the song “Virginia Rose Bud” as part of a collection of “Ethiopian Melodies.” The music was published by E. Ferrett & Company of Philadelphia in the middle of the 19th century. Ethiopian melodies were songs that were part of the culture surrounding the blackface performances in minstrel shows that were popular at this time.

“Up in a Balloon”

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This sheet music for the song “Up in a Balloon” was written and composed by G. W. Hunt and published by R.M. DeWitt of New York, New York in 1869. The cover is a green background with white parchment scrolls that frames the lettering on the cover. There are five small cherubs scattered around the cover, and one is playing a harp, and another the pan flute.

“Under the Double Eagle”

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This sheet music is for the song “Under the Double Eagle” was composed by Josef Franz Wagner and published by the Armstrong Music Publishing Company of New York, New York. The song was written by Wagner in the 1880s, but popularized in America by John Philip Sousa. The cover of the sheet music has a green and purple motif, with an image of a double-headed eagle in the upper right.

“Under the Daisies”

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This sheet music for the song “Under the Daisies” was written and composed by H. Millard and published by S. T. Gordon and Sons of New York, New York in 1865. The cover features an image of a graveyard, with a tombstone that reads “In Memory,” and the cover notes that this song was written by Millard, “to his friend, Harry Standfield.”

“Under the Banana Tree”

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This sheet music is for the song “Under the Banana Tree.” Arthur J. Lamb wrote the lyrics for the song and Lawrence B. O’Connor composed the music. The sheet music was published by G.W. Setchell of Boston, Massachusetts in 1904. The blue cover has an illustration of blue flower, with an inset image of popular singer and actress Jennie Yeamans in the center. The illustration was signed “Fisher.”

“Under the Bamboo Tree”

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This sheet music for the song “Under the Bamboo Tree” was published by Joseph W. Stern & Company of New York, New York, and composed by the Cole and Johnson Brothers. The sheet music cover features an image of Marie Cahill, a famous actress of the time who sang the song in the musical “Sally in our Alley.” The cover is styled after a bamboo wall to go along with the title of the song.

“Under What Planet Were You Born” Astrology Chart

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Astrology chart titled, “Under What Planet Where You Born.” This chart is part of a collection of items related to the fortune-telling business of a Romanichal Gypsy American family in Pineville, North Carolina.

“Toreador Song”

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This sheet music is for the “Toreador Song,” from the opera “Carmen.” The song was originally composed in French by Georges Bizet, but this English translation is done by Jerry Castillo. The sheet music was published by the Calumet Music Company of Chicago, Illinois in 1935. The bright red cover features a silhouetted image of a toreador, or bullfighter, with an inset photograph of George Olsen on the lower left.

“Too Young”

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This sheet music is for the song “Too Young.” The song’s lyrics were written by Sylvia Dee and the music was composed by Sid Lippman. The sheet music was published by the Jefferson Music Company of New York City in 1951. The blue-tinged cover features a central photograph of Nat King Cole, who recorded the song for Capitol Records. There is also a white silhouette bust of Thomas Jefferson just below the title.

“Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold”

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This sheet music is for the song “Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold.” The song’s lyrics were written by George Graff Jr., and the music was composed by Ernest R. Ball. The sheet music was published by M. Witmark and Sons of New York City in 1911. The sheet music has a plain white cover with plain black lettering, and the song’s lyrics are typical of a love song written during this period.
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