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She Used To Ride A Trolley Car, By Edgar Ray and Carl Zimmerman
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From the Smithsonian Collection
This song juxtaposes the streetcar and the automobile, and suggests the automobile was winning over women.
Physical Description
Sheetmusic. The cover includes the title and an image. It also says “Edgar Ray Music publisher, Kansas City, MO.” and “May be had for Talking Machine and Player Piano.”
Details
Date Made:
1900s
Credit:
NMAH, Archives Center
History
Transportation is such a part of people's daily lives that music reflects the changing transportation scene. Popular music began to incorporate storylines and imagery related to the automobile in the early 20th century. Many of the songs with lyrics make much of the freedom that the automobile could bring to courting couples. Some concentrated their attention on the potential for mechanical breakdowns. Other sheet music used automobile-related imagery on the copies sold to the public, even though the song inside the sheet music didn't have anything to do with automobiles

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