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“She Gave Me a Rose” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “She Gave Me a Rose” was written and composed by C. Brocolini and published by Otto Sutro of Baltimore, Maryland in 1882. The cover notes that the tune was sung “with immense success by Mr. Will S. Rising.” The cover is plain white, with a stylized “s” in the title and a pattern that frames the text in the center.

“Shadrack (Shadrach)” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Shadrack (Shadrach)”that was written and composed by Robert MacGimsey. The sheet music was published by Carl Fischer of New York City in 1931. The cover illustration is an image of three men in a fire, with an angel above them, and a Babylonian figure to the right. The illustration represents the Biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and is signed by Aubrey Wells in the lower right.

“See Saw (Waltz Song)” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “See Saw (Waltz Song)” was written and composed by A. G. Crowe and published by Richard A. Saalfield of New York, New York in 1900. The cover calls the song “The popular See Saw Waltz,” and the text is interestingly jaunted diagonally on the cover.

“Secret Love” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Secret Love” was arranged by F. Alexander and published by M. M. C. Walker in 1880. “Secret Love” is one of 22 songs by Alexander as part of a collection called “Popular Gems” that were arranged in an easy manner. The cover is plain with black text and framed around the edges. There is a stamp at the top that reads “Winner’s Sample Music, Ten Cents per Copy.”

“Say Once Again That You Love Me” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song, “Say Once Again That You Love Me” was written and composed by Jean Revo. The song was originally published by the Oliver Ditson Company of New York, New York in 1903, and appeared as a supplement to the “New York Herald” on February 15, 1903. The sheet music features a cover illustration of dancing couple in a kiss. Sheet music was so popular in the early 20th century that newspapers would insert them into their Sunday editions to boost sales.

“SCIENTIA”

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In this engraving, Scientia (representing wisdom) appears as a seated woman in flowing garb, with a tablet on her lap and a pair of dividers in her hand. The “H. G.” monogram in the lower left is that of Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), the prolific and accomplished Dutch engraver, print publisher, draftsman and painter who created the image, probably after his trip to Rome in 1590. Jan Saenredam (1565-1607), an engraver who worked in Goltzius’ studio, probably engraved the plate. Similar images from the same set represent two other virtues: diligence and patience. Ref: Huigen Leeflang, et al., Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617): Drawings, Prints and Paintings (Zwolle: Waanders, 2003), vol. 3, pp. 195-196, 200-201.

“S'Posin'” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “S'Posin'” that was written and composed by Andy Razaf and Paul Denniker and arranged by Eugene Platzman. The Triangle Music Publishing Company of New York City published this sheet music 1929. The white cover lists other songs that Triangle published as piano solos, surrounded by an illustrated frame signed, “Politzer.”

“Rustic Dance” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Rustic Dance" was written and composed by C. R. Howell, and published by the De Luxe Music Company of New York, New York in 1900. The cover is a solid orange, and there is an image of a pastoral scene in the center of the cover that shows two men and two women frolicking and playing the tambourine and fiddle.

“Row-Row-Row” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Row-Row-Row.” William Jerome wrote the lyrics and Jimmie V. Monaco composed the music to the song. The sheet music was published by the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Company of New York City in 1912. Lillian Lorraine introduced the song in the annual revue show “Ziegfeld Follies” that Florenz Ziegfeld produced. The cover features an illustration of a Ziegfeld girl holding a hat box with miniature dancers flying out of it, and the cover is signed by illustrator Gene Buck.

“Rosenbaum” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song "Rosenbaum" was written and composed by Fred Fischer and published by the Fred Fischer Music Publishing Company of New York, New York in 1908. The cover features an illustration of a soldier doll done by Gene Buck. The cover also has a photograph of Ben Welch on the lower right, a vaudevillian actor who would have performed this song.

“Rose in the Bud” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song, "Rose in the Bud” was written by Percy J. Barrow and composed by Dorothy Forster. The music was published by Chappel-Harms Inc. of New York, New York in 1907. The song was “Introduced by Phyllis Haver in D.W. Griffiths United Artists Production, ‘The Battle of the Sexes.’” The cover features a photograph of actress Phyllis Haver in the center of the page looking coquettishly at the viewer. There is also a rose design on the left side of the cover.

“Rock Me to Sleep Mother” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Rock Me to Sleep Mother.” The song’s lyrics were written by Florence Percy (the pen name for Elizabeth Akers Allen) and the music was composed by John H. Hewitt. The sheet music was published by Julian A. Selby of Columbia, South Carolina in 1861. The song expresses a desire to give up the sorrows of life and go back to being a child, being rocked to sleep by mother.

“Remember or Forget” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Remember or Forget” was written by Arthur Travelyan and composed by Hanna Rior. The song was originally published by T. B. Harms and Co. of New York, New York in 1900, and appeared as a supplement of the “New York Journal and Advertiser” on September 9, 1900. The cover has a colorful orange background with various colored flowers and an inset photograph of Adelle Farrington, who sang the song at Keith’s Union Square Theatre.

“Red River Valley” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Red River Valley” that was written and composed by Richard Hakins. The sheet music was published by Joe Davis Inc. of New York City in 1930. The plain white cover calls the tune a “novelty song.”

“Red Domino Song” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the “Red Domino Song” was written and composed by S. R. Henry and published by Joseph W. Stern and Co. of New York, New York in 1909. This copy appeared as a supplement to “The World Magazine on August 15, 1909. The music is a march two-step, and the cover advertises Henry as the composer of the celebrated barn dance song, “Down at the Huskin’ Bee.” The cover is a profile illustration of a lady in a red mask with red flowers below her neck.

“Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.” A. Seymour Brown wrote the lyrics to the song and Albert Gumble composed the music. The sheet music was published by Jerome H. Remick & Company in 1914. The cover features an illustration of a young girl stepping out of a horse drawn carriage. Starmer signed the illustration. There is an inset photograph of performer Jack Ashby in the lower right of the cover.

“Put-Put-Put (Your Arms Around Me)” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Put-Put-Put (Your Arms Around Me)” that Al Hoffman, Mann Curtis, and Jerry Livingston wrote the lyrics and composed the music to. Miller Music, Inc. of New York, New York published the sheet music in 1942. The aqua-blue cover has a silhouetted image of a man with his arm around a woman. There is a large photograph of classical pianist Carmen Cavallaro in the center of the cover, who performed the song with his orchestra.

“Pretty Little China Maid” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Pretty Little China Maid” that was written and composed by Maude Nugent. The sheet music was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Von Tilzer of New York City in 1901. The pink and red cover has illustrated grapes surrounding the titles of the various songs that were part of the comedic musical “Champagne Charlie.”There is a full length photo of Augustus Thomas, who performed the song, set into the cover illustration. The cover is signed by Starmer.

“Pretty Kitty Doyle” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Pretty Kitty Doyle” was written and composed by Roger Harding and published by T. B. Harms and Co. in 1896. The sheet music appeared as a musical supplement of the “Philadelphia Press” on Sunday, December 2, 1900. The cover features an illustration of an unknown woman’s face.

“Pretty Eyed Baby” Sheet Music

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This sheet music is for the song “Pretty Eyed Baby” that was written and composed by Mary Lou Williams and William Johnson. The Pickwick Music Corporation published the sheet music in 1943. The cover features an illustration of the song as a record.

“Playmates” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Playmates: The World’s Famous Songs” was edited by Richard C. Dillmore and re-arranged by Johann C. Schmidt (1898). This sheet music appeared as a supplement to “The North American” on Sunday, January 29, 1905. The cover features an illustration of two children fishing done in blue colors.

“Pitt” Name Tag

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WANN radio DJ “Pitt” used this name tag during the 1950s and 1960s in Annapolis, Maryland. The red fabric name tag is on a pin-back rectangular brass frame that reads “Pitt.” A red ribbon hangs from the brass frame that reads “WANN/DIAL/1190” in gold lettering.

“Phyllis Fugue” Painting

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This painting by Phyllis Diller depicts the “Phyllis Fugue” that she composed in 1937. Diller, while known for her stand-up comedy, was also an accomplished pianist. After graduating high school, Diller studied piano for three years at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music (at Columbia College Chicago), but eventually decided against a career in music. From 1971 to 1982 Diller performed with over 100 symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada in a show called The Symphonic Phyllis Diller. During these performances she would seriously perform pieces by Beethoven, Bach, and others as a solo pianist with an orchestra while integrating comedic elements.

Diller began painting for pleasure in the mid-1980s. During this time, she was staying in a large suite at Harrah’s in Reno, NV where she had enough space to set up several easels and canvases. She described her style as painting quickly and without too much thought about each individual painting. This quick style allowed her to complete anywhere from ten to twenty-five paintings per day.

“Philadelphia Polka Waltz” Sheet Music

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This sheet music for the song “Philadelphia Polka Waltz” was composed b y A. F. R. Conner and published by A. Foit of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846. The song was composed for Monsieur Jules Martin, “to whose pupils it is most respectfully dedicated.” The plain white cover has only black text and musical notation on it.
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