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You'll have to transfer
Additional title: We can all look back with laughter now, in this inventive age. [first line of song]
Additional title: You'll have to transfer, transfer up or town. [first line of chorus]
Holzmann, Abe, 1874-1939 (Composer)
Feist, Leo, 1869-1930 (Composer)
Parker, Frank (Cover designer)
Thornton, Bonnie (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Feist & Frankenthaler
Library locations
Music Division
Trolley cars
Cable cars (Streetcars)
Transportation -- New York (State) -- New York (N.Y.) -- 1890-1899
Humorous songs
Content: Cover design by Frank Parker includes drawing of a woman getting off a streetcar as the conductor offers her a ticket.
Content: On cover: Composed expressly for the New York Sunday World. Published as the supplement to the New York World, Sunday Oct. 22, 1899, in the World Album of ten great songs. Part 8.
Content: Descriptive subtitle below caption title: A song of the day.
Content: Lacking credit for words; Below caption title: Theme by Leo Feist.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Miss Bonnie Thornton. Cover includes photograph of Bonnie Thornton.
Content: Summary: The narrator mentions earlier times when people rode with horse cars; today everyone uses the trolley cars; a woman got on a car, trying to look her best and finally found a seat, only to have the conductor tell her to transfer; the conductor left his job and got a job as a janitor; having to evict a family, he used the same language as on a trolley and told them to transfer.
Statement of responsibility: words by Leo Feist ; music by Abe Holzmann.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21736880
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21738653
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e8dce020-c595-012f-0774-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1874: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1939: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "You'll have to transfer" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899.

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You'll have to transfer