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    Sheet music


    Brief Narrative
    Sheet music for Abie's Irish Nose, a novelty song by Gene Austin (1900-1972) from 1925 based upon the hit Broadway play, Abie's Irish Rose, by Anne Nichols, which opened in 1922. It is about a young couple, an Irish American woman and a Jewish man, who marry despite the objections of their family. The sheet music is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Abie's Irish nose / words and music by Gene Austin
    publication/distribution:  1925
    publication: Chicago (Ill.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Publisher: Dixon-Lane Publishing Co.
    Gene Austin
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Sheet music (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Sheet music ; 1 score (5 p.) ; 31 cm. [12.125 x 9.125]
    Cover has cartoon illustration; cover text: Production edition, ABIE’S IRISH NOSE.(song) by Gene Austin, Writer of "HOW COME YOU DO ME LIKE YOU DO", AND "WHEN MY SUGAR WALKS DOWN THE STREET." ETC. With Uke Chords, Published by Dixon Lane Pub. Co. Inc. , Chicago...St. Louis
    Note: For voice and piano with ukulele arr.
    Note: First line of chorus: Maybe Abie was a Jewish baby but he's got an Irish nose
    First line of verse: When Abie was a baby...

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    Administrative Notes

    The sheet music was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:12:38
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