A vintage song from the Roaring Twenties, this is “If You See Sally.” Published by Leo Feist, New York, it measures 9¼ x 12 inches with five pages. It’s in very good used condition with a previous owner’s name written toward the top left corner.
“If You See Sally” a sentimental fox trot ballad from 1927 with lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan and music by Walter Donaldson. The cover art was done by John Van Buren Ranck. Known to sheet music collectors simply as JVR, John Van Buren Ranck was born in 1875 in Pennsylvania, moving to New York City as an adult. Beginning his career as an illustrator, Ranck started to provide covers for Tin Pan Alley publisher Fred Fisher, then for several years nearly exclusively for publisher Leo Feist. They were presented in a variety of styles from caricatures to silhouettes and portraits, most of them very clean in design, and virtually all signed with his unique three-initial circle, JVR. He ended his career as a cartoonist with with the strip “This is America”, a historical and social comic on people and incidents that made the country strong, as well as the strip “Polly and Jolly.”
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