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"When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'" is vintage sheet music for the classic Irving Berlin railroad train song. The cover features a steaming locomotive, beautifully drawn by Edward H. Pfeiffer, one of the top cover illustrators, and rendered in burgundy and yellow. The inset photo is of the charming Hess Sisters.

The song is a lively ode to Alabama, and includes the immortal line: "The minute that I reach that place, I'm goin' to overfeed my face."

Possibly my favorite thing about this piece is how the cover artist felt the need to place commas after each "Choo" in the title.

The back cover has a gorgeous art nouveau border and an ad for Berlin's "When I'm Thinking of You."

Published in 1912 by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., this large-format folio has six pages including the covers. The hinge is intact but there are several masking tape repairs on the inside. The front cover has a music store stamp and owner's signature in fountain pen. There is a fair amount of edge wear and stressing.

This sheet music is complete and playable. Whether used to learn the song, decorate a piano, frame the cover, or create an art project, this piece of vintage sheet music is a treat for any collector of Irving Berlin or railroad memorabilia, or anyone who loves the south!

10.5 by 13.75 inches
(26.67 by 34.925 cm)

Buy two or more pieces of sheet music from modernpoetry at the same time, and save on shipping! Go ahead and pay for the shipping on the first piece, but for the rest, just enter this code at checkout: SHEETMUSIC. Your shipping will be FREE for the extra pieces!

I package all sheet music securely in a plastic bag inside a sturdy cardboard envelope, so it will be well-protected on its way to you.

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Sheet music, "When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'" Irving Berlin, vintage 1912, Pfeiffer cover, railroad train song


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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