Mary was a housemaid

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Mary was a housemaid
Additional title: Sister Mary. Mary was a housemaid [uniform title]
Additional title: What it was that Mary did, Mary didn't know [First line of chorus]
Risque, W. H. (Lyricist)
Lambelet, Napoleon (Composer)
Irwin, May (1862-1938) (Performer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Copyright Date: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Boosey & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Interpersonal relations
Single women
Sexual attraction
Women household employees -- United States -- History
Sheet music
Content: On cover: sung by Miss May Irwin in "Sister Mary."
Content: Signed photograph of May Irwin in center of cover.
Content: "Special verses sung by Miss May Irwin" printed on back page of cover.
Statement of responsibility: words by W.H. Risque ; music by Napoleon Lambelet.
Physical Description
Extent: 12 p. ; 33 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1f9cf190-c595-012f-1fdd-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Copyright date
  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Mary was a housemaid