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Object ID GENL-1980.051.0151
Object Name MUSIC, SHEET
Description "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers" words by R. Weston, music by H. Darewski; white paper w/brown & off-white border, light green background; large light brown letter "S", with "ister usie's ewing hirts For oldiers", and photographic image of Al Jolson. WWI time period.

With the advent of color lithography in advertising in the mid-1800s, sheet music advertisers could augment the appeal of the song utilizing bright, dynamic cover art. Some covers showed the singer who had made the song popular from public performances or from phonographs. Many Americans had pianos and other instruments, and gathering together to play a selection of music was a common form of entertainment.

During World War I (1914-1918), sheet music covers often reflected themes of romance, adventure, nostalgia, bravery, patriotism, and tragedy of the war. Some were expertly designed by well-known magazine illustrators, while others were more amateur in style. Much of the music was written by and for white, middle-class Americans. Some covers illustrate biases and stereotypes based on race, religion, and gender roles popular during that time, such as the blackface shown on this cover, now recognized as inappropriate and offensive.
Date 1914
Caption "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers" by R.P. Weston; 1914.