Good Bye Broadway, Hello France 1917
GOOD BYE BROADWAY, HELLO FRANCE. Big Song Hit of "PASSING SHOW of 1917" at N.Y. WINTER GARDEN, Words by C. FRANCIS REISNER and BENNY DAVIS, Music by BILLY BASKETTE, published by Leo. Feist, Inc., New York, 1917.
Vintage from the 1910s
Graphic color art depicting Generals Pershing and Joffre as giants shaking hands across the Atlantic Ocean. Nice condition with a very light store stamp & pencil name (otherwise unmarked) and some mild surface corner edge creases. About 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 with 3 pages. Scarce sheet music in nice condition.
Cover art and analysis:
The 1917 publication featured an illustration cover, which featured John J. Pershing and Joseph Joffre shaking hands across the ocean with the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in the back ground.
On the back of one of the song edition's cover was an ad by Leo Feist which declared "MUSIC WILL HELP WIN THE WAR!", as well as an essay by "A. Patriot" which explained the meaning of the song. The song was meant to lift the nation's spirit and fight off fatigue and worry by promoting the American war effort in Europe.