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"Which Way Did My Mamma Go" is antique sheet music and a great example of the Victorian tear-jerker or "heart" song. The story tells of a little girl who tries to enter a theater advertising "The Passion Play," because she has been told her mother has gone to heaven and the girl wants to see her. The kindly man at the door, remembering his own dead child, takes the little girl in and gives her a home.

This was one of many sentimental ballads of the era depicting orphans or neglected children. The cover is filled with wonderful photos of a little girl acting out various scenes from the song, often in richly decorated Victorian interiors, and in one, playing with some terrific antique toys. The photos are beautifully embellished with black-and-white line drawings by illustrators Walter Dittmar & Furman.

According to the cover, the photos were taken by the song's composer, Harry J. Lincoln, and show the actual little girl who inspired the song.

The back cover is filled with reproductions of the first pages of nine songs, including "I'm So Tired of Livin' I Don't Care When I Die."

The sheet music was published in 1908 by the Vandersloot Music Company of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The large-format folio is in delicate condition, with the edge wear and small tears of over a hundred years. Someone has pencilled in the names of some of the notes in a fancy script handwriting. The hinge is separated, but the music is complete and playable.

Add this beautiful example of tragic Victorian Gothic Revival to your collection!

10-5/8 by 13-3/4 inches
(26.99 by 34.93 cm)

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Sheet music, "Which Way Did My Mamma Go" with black and white photographs of little orphaned girl and Victorian interiors, antique 1908


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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 421 reviews
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