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America on the Move
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The Swagger Two Step
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Swagger Two Step, a melody without words, seems to have little relation to automobility, but the rich well-dressed couple on the front have just 'swaggered' out of their automobile.
Physical Description
sheet music
Date Made:
NMAH, Archives Center
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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