Your Money's No Good

  • Image for Your Money's No Good
  • Image for Your Money's No Good
2 images
Composed by
Johnson, Lee
Published by
Lee, Johnson & Co., American
Owned by
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 14 1/16 × 10 7/8 in. (35.7 × 27.6 cm)
Type
sheet music
Place collected
Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1900
Description
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.
Topic
African American
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
2014.275.7
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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