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Joe's Birthday part 03

Joe's Birthday part 03

Composer: Hunt, G. W.

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1876

Shelfmark: H.1257.(57.)

Item number: Tract (57.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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Much can be discovered about life in the 19th Century by studying popular songs from the time. Although the tales told were much exaggerated for entertainment purposes, audiences could relate to them and recognise familiar situations. This song shares with the audience the experience of travelling on an omnibus, visiting a fair and riding on a donkey at a seaside resort. One of the most popular stalls for Victorians was the coconut shy or 'cock-shy' where the reveller threw sticks at coconuts and could win prizes such as pin-cushions and snuff boxes.

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