Songs of the soldiers and sailors U. S., issued by the Commissions on training camp activities of the Army and Navy departments. First edition, "copyright applied for"

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1917. 62p., includes blanks for one's own favorites, plus two photos on coated paperstock of white doughboys gathered together with banjo and mandolins, staplebound into brown linen wraps with a cover title. Bears minute edgewear and a couple small faint smudges; a nice bright copy.

Title page has a printed price ("25 cents, to those in the service, 15 cents") neatly amended with rubberstamp to 10 and 5 cents respectively, perhaps for postwar distribution.. // A variety of songs white people sing, international like La Marseillaise and Hymn of Free Russia, domestic softballs like Li'l Liza Jane and Old Black Joe, some well-known hymns. Includes at least two oddities: "They Made it Twice as Nice as Paradise and they Called It Dixieland (Parody on)", which is merely a turn towards jingo patriotism; and "Hymn to Free Russia," copyrighted 1917, and appears to be an innocent celebration of the
Bolshevik victory.

Cat.No: 98385

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