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My mother's old daguerreotype
Additional title: I wandered back to boyhood's scenes and sought a cottage gray. [first line of song]
Additional title: My mother's old daguerreotype, that picture dimm'd with years. [first line of chorus]
Walker, Grace (Composer)
Lynn, Herbert (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place Term: New York ; Chicago
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Mothers and sons
Sheet music
Content : Cover design includes photograph of a daguerrotype depicting a woman with an 1850s hair style in a frame.

Content : Summary: The narrator visits his childhood home, finds a trunk in the attic, inside of which is a daguerrotype of his mother. Seeing the image brings back sweet memories of her; although she is dead, the narrator feels remorse for his sins that she had to withstand.

Statement of Responsibility: Words by Herbert Lynn; music by Grace Walker.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: 45546280-c595-012f-8a37-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My mother's old daguerreotype" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My mother's old daguerreotype" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 12, 2016.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1899). My mother's old daguerreotype Retrieved from

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My mother's old daguerreotype