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Quaker Down

August 25, 2010

Up next in my series of vintage sheet music finds, a couple of mirthful entries. They’re quirky, and they also share a lovely Art Nouveau aesthetic, lovely in the first and maybe a little overdone in the second.  

First, this 1916 study in ethnography:   

There's a Quaker Down in Quaker Town

It’s about pining for a sweet (or, as the lyrics nudge, not-so-sweet) Quaker girl in “Old Philadelphia,” but to me it sounds like shorthand for a 911 call. *Crackle* We have a Quaker down in Quaker Town. I repeat, a Quaker is DOWN! *Crackle*   

Second is this 1922 lesson along the lines of  “If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.”  Complete with ukulele accompaniment. 

I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa (But He Looks Straight to Me)   

Now, the photo may not be all that clear, but I’m thinking this woman might just be a perfect match for her Cross-Eyed Papa.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2010 4:13 pm

    Quaker needs backup!!

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