"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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
leaflet
sheet music
date made
1896
composer; lyricist
Trevathan, Charles E.
performer
Irwin, May
publisher
White-Smith Music Publishers
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: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
1979.1154.15
accession number
1979.1154
catalog number
1979.1154.15
subject
Music
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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