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The old stage door
Additional title: First came the star with a smile so bland. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: One fine evening while out walking through this city's crowded streets. [first line]
Bratton, John W. (John Walter) (1867-1947) (Lyricist)
Baird, Robert S. (Dedicatee)
Bratton, John W. (John Walter) (1867-1947) (Composer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1894

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Date Issued: 1894
Place: New York ; London
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons ; Chas. Sheard & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Actresses -- 1890-1899
Actors -- 1890-1920
Sheet music
Content: Dedication above caption title: To my dear friend Robert S. Baird.
Content: Cover illustration contains an inset drawing of a stage door; remainder of cover includes flowers and beads.
Content: Page 7 contains advertisement in the form of the first page of the song "I Did'nt think he'd do it (but he did)" music by John W. Bratton, words by Walter H. Ford.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by John W. Bratton.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (8 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9c9ab030-c58f-012f-5e6f-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1867: Creator Born
  • 1894: Issued
  • 1947: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The old stage door" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894 - 1894.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The old stage door" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 9, 2016.

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The old stage door