“Ma Honey Gal”

“Ma Honey Gal”

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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
date made
1902
composer; lyricist
Davis, James H.
publisher
Shapiro, Bernstein and Von Tilzer
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
ID Number
1982.0440.37
accession number
1982.0440
catalog number
1982.0440.37
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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