Early 1930s – Handmade songbook with lyrics to 80 songs illustrated with fan magazine illustrations of the singers and movie stars who popularized them
Rochester, New York: 1930 – 1931. Album.
This appealing songbook, titled “Songs Popular in 1930 – 1931,” measures 7” x 8½”. It was made by Adella Deuel of Rochester, New York and includes handwritten lyrics to 80 popular songs illustrated with clipping from fan magazines. The bright yellow composition notebook’s cover features a printed illustration of college ‘sheik’ holding a megaphone and wearing a yellow slicker raincoat covered with handwritten ‘collegiate’ slang from the late 1920s and early 1930s. (Looks like it this guy could have walked right out of the opening of Good News, the classic MGM musical set in Tait College.) In nice shape.
Some of the songs include: Sunny Side Up, After the Ball is Over (the biggest Tin-Pan Alley hit of all time revived in the 1932 hit film of the same name), Would You Like to Take a Walk, My Cigarette Lady, The Sidewalks of New York (another ‘Gay Nineties’ classic revived in the 1934 Shirley Temple film, Little Miss Marker), Vagabond Lover, Rio Rita, Betty Coed, Happy Days Are Here Again, Just a Gigolo, Million Dollar Baby, and many, many more.
Fan magazine clippings include images of Rudy Valee, Janet Gaynor, Eddie Quillan, Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, John Bowles, Bebe Daniels, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks, etc.. Very good. Item #010017
A terrific keepsake from the early years of the Great Depression when the music and film industry used snappy songs and screwball romantic comedies to provide the public with some cultural relief during the dreary days of the 1930s..