One of my siblings has made a remarkable discovery. If you look in the lower righthand corner of the old piece of sheet music pictured above, you’ll see a round photo. The photo is of my grandfather as a young man.
The music was published in 1906 and, frankly, that picture bears no more resemblance to what my grandfather looked like in 1906 than I do to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion. It’s from much earlier, probably when he was a teenager before the turn of the century.
The music was published by a St. Louis company and I surmise that he must have been a song plugger for them. I’m no expert on the subject but I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t take more than that to get your picture on the music. I wonder if he didn’t make a commercial recording of the song. Now that would be fascinating to have. I have no idea what my grandfather sounded like since he died long before I was born. I’m told he had a beautiful singing voice.
Source of digitized image: University of Oregon Libraries