Composed by
Johnson, Lee
Published by
Lee, Johnson & Co., American
Owned by
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
ca. 1900
ink on paper
H x W: 14 1/16 × 10 7/8 in. (35.7 × 27.6 cm)
Sheet music for the song Your Money's No Good. The cover is black and white with black type set against a white background. There is a black and white photograph of a man in blackface in proper left of the cover. Next to the photograph, in the center of the cover, there is an illustration of a caricatured African American in clothing adorned with dollar symbols, who is standing next to a woman in a dress saying "No No!" several times. The black type at the top of the cover reads: [YOUR MONEY'S / NO GOOD ]. Below the photograph, black type reads: [WORDS AND MUSIC / BY / LEE JOHNSON / COMPOSER OF / "MA ANGELINE" "MY HONOLULU LADY" / "THE BELLE OF HONOLULU" "MA CAROLINE" ETC / AND / J. Dewey]. Underneath the illustrations, black type reads: [A / COONTOWN / DISAGREEMENT]. There is a publisher’s logo at the bottom of the cover that reads: [Published / By / Lee, Johnson & Co. / 41 Geary St. / San Francisco CA.]. The number 5 is next to the logo. There are dollar signs around the edges of the cover. The back side of the cover has sheet music on it in black ink.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
Place collected
Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
sheet music
Caricature and cartoons
Minstrel (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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