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Poor little Mary
Additional title: A little maid who lived just up the road dislikes the name her parents had bestowed. [first line]
Additional title: Her christian name was Mary, but she took the "r" away. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Little Christopher. Poor little Mary. [uniform title]

Levi, Maurice (Composer)
Ford, Walter H. (Lyricist)
Bonehill, Bessie (Singer)
Schoenborn, Ed. M. (Dedicatee)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1894

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Date Issued: 1894
Place Term: New York
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Novelty songs
Names, personal
Sheet music
Content : Dedication above caption title: Respectfully dedicated to Mr. Ed. M. Schoenborn.

Content : Initials of designer, H.C. [probably Howard Carter] on cover at bottom left.

Content : On cover: Sung with tremendous success by Miss Bessie Bonehill in Rice's "Little Christopher" Co. at the Garden Theatre, New York. Cover includes a photograph of Bessie Bonehill.

Statement of Responsibility: Words by Walter H. Ford ; music by Maurice Levi.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: a7e444a0-c58f-012f-0320-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1894: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Poor little Mary