"The Battle of the Sewing Machines" Sheet Music

"The Battle of the Sewing Machines" was composed and arranged by F. Hyde for the piano, and was published in 1874 by Wm. A. Pond & Co. of 547 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y. The lithograph by R. Teller of 120 Wooster St., N.Y., N.Y., illustrates a "battle" of sewing machines. The Remington "army" is marching towards the fleeing Singer, Howe, Succor, Weed, and Willcox & Gibbs sewing machines. The soldiers are riding the Remington treadle machines like horses and are carrying Remington rifles. The Remington No. 2 sewing machine had just come out to market in June 1874. The family treadle machine with a drop-leaf table and two drawers would have cost $75.00.
On the top left of the sheet music, a woman is pictured sewing on a Remington machine in the Remington office at Madison Square, New York. In the right box is featured the Remington Works of Ilion, N.Y. The music consists of 11 pages, with such subtitles as: "Howe the battle began"; "Advent of all the best machines"; "Song of the Sewing Machine Man: 'How Can I Leave Thee'"; "Triumph of the Remington Sewing Machine," and "Home Sweet Home."
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
Date made
Remington Sewing Machine Company
Hyde, F.
William A. Pond & Co.
Teller, R.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
lithograph (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 10 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in; x 26.67 cm x 34.29 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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