"Bully" Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song “May Irwin’s ‘Bully’ Song” was written and composed by Charles E. Trevathan, and published by White-Smith Music Publishers of New York, New York in 1896. “Bully Song” is advertised as being “sung with Great Success in the ‘Widow Jones’” by May Irwin. The cover features an illustrated African-American man in a top hat holding onto the top of the inset photograph of May Irwin and glaring at her. Irwin autographed the sheet music and wrote, “This is the only correct publication of the “Bully Song.” Irwin later became famous for being a part of the first cinematic kiss ever.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
date made
composer; lyricist
Trevathan, Charles E.
Irwin, May
White-Smith Music Publishers
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
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Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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