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The Auto Man, Words by Weonata, Music by Chas. L. Johnson
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This 1906 song claimed that the auto man was the "it" man of the era. The chorus of the song declares: "I have often wondered who it is that's made the greatest hit, Just now it is the goggled man that's pointed out as 'it.'" Automobiles remained the province of the rich at the time this song came out.
Physical Description
sheetmusic. Cover has a picture of a man and a woman in a car on it, as well as the name of the song on it, and the following: "Words by Weonata, Music by Chas. L. Johnson, Published by Henry S. Sawyer, Chicago, Ill."
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 make much of the freedom that the automobile could bring to courting couples, although some painted a more realistic picture of what it was like to own an early automobile.

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