“Ma Honey Gal” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song “Ma Honey Gal” was written and composed by James Davis and published by the Shapiro-Bernstein-Von Tilzer Company of New York, New York in 1900. This sheet music appeared as a supplement to the “New York Herald Supplement” on April 13, 1902. The sheet music has an image of a well-dressed black woman batting her eyelashes. This is an example of a “coon song,” a genre of songs that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century that stereotyped and caricatured blacks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
date made
composer; lyricist
Davis, James H.
Shapiro, Bernstein and Von Tilzer
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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