“By the Watermelon Vine Lindy Lou” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song “By the Watermelon Vine, Lindy Lou” was written and composed by Thomas S. Allen. The sheet music was published by Walter Jacobs in 1894. The cover features an image of a black man and lady sitting on a couch-like watermelon slice in a watermelon patch. “Coon songs” such as this became a popular genre around 1890-1900 as the Great Migration resulted in a new class of urban blacks who became stereotyped out of fear.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
Date made
1894
composer
Allen, Thomas S.
user
Watkins, Lura Woodside
publisher
Jacobs, Walter
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
1979.1154.17
accession number
1979.1154
catalog number
1979.1154.17
subject
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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