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Snap-shot Sal
Additional title: Sal Van Astor Gould was up to date in ev'ry little caper. [first line of song]
Additional title: Won't you wait and let me take your photograph? [first line of chorus]
Williams & Walker (Comedy team) (Composer)
Williams & Walker (Comedy team) (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Feist & Frankenthaler
Library locations
Music Division
Older African American women
African American photographers
Humorous songs
Content: Cover design [by Rank Parker?] includes drawing of an African American woman in a long dress and hat carrying a camera.
Content: Summary: Using ethnic stereotyped language, the narrator humorously describes an African American woman who is laid off from photographic work and starts photographing on her own.
Content: On cover: Composed expressly for the New York Sunday World.
Content: The Sunday World's Album of ten great original songs. Part 5; Published as a supplement to the New York World. Sunday, Oct. 1, 1899.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Williams and Walker.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 96845fa0-c595-012f-d9ca-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Snap-shot Sal" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Snap-shot Sal" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 22, 2020.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1899). Snap-shot Sal Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Snap-shot Sal