A vintage song, this is “My Sweetie Went Away (She Didn’t Say Where When or Why.)” Published by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., New York, it measures 9 x 12 inches with five pages. It is in good used condition with several small tears along the edges and some creasing and separation at the spine, as well as a previous owner’s name written across the top left corner.
“My Sweetie Went Away (She Didn’t Say Where When or Why)” a song from 1923 with lyrics and music by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. The cover art has great Art Deco styling and was done by Albert Wilfred Barbelle. Barbelle was an American artist known for his cover art for the sheet music of Tin Pan Alley. Barbelle’s career spanned over forty years, his works were very versatile as it included various subjects and styles. While Barbelle’s works included enhancing photographic subjects, fantasy creations, and silhouettes, his main subjects were women. He was very conscious of style, fashion, and color; he kept his works contemporary as possible, and he used more subtle color than others in the field. Although he used subtle colors, he used the colors to highlight an element in a picture. Today, many libraries hold sheet music with his designs.
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