Josephine, My Jo.

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Composed by
Brymn, James T.
Written by
McPherson, R. C.
Published by
Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., founded 1900
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 14 × 11 1/16 in. (35.6 × 28.1 cm)
Type
sheet music
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1901
Description
Sheet music for the song Josephine, My Jo. The front cover features an illustration of an African American woman drawn in profile, wearing a ruffled dress and a large hat. A red and white photograph of a white female identified as Anna Wilks appears in bottom proper right corner. Red and black type on the front cover reads: [JOSEPHINE, / MY JO. / WORDS BY / R. C. McPHERSON / MUSIC BY / JAS. T. BRYMN ]. Underneath the photograph there is a publisher’s logo which reads: [PULISHED BY / SHAPIRO, BERNSTEIN / AND / COMPANY / CHICAGO / 53 DEARBORN ST. / NEW YORK / 45 WEST 28th ST. / SAN FRANCISCO CAL PHELAN BLDG]. The interior of the front cover has black ink and an advertisement. The interior of the sheet music has three pages of music bars and notes, in black ink, for the song Josephine, My Jo. One of the pages has a purple stamp for The Emporium. The back cover has sheet music in green ink for several additional shorter songs.
Topic
African American
Minstrel (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
Object number
2014.275.11
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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