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Object Name Music, Sheet
Date 1941 copyright
Title R&H Beer Song
Description Sheet music to "R&H Beer Song." Printed on one folded sheet of heavyweight paper; cover is printed in orange and blue with an inset black and white photograph showing performers and inscribed "AS SUNG BY / Ramona and the TUNE TWISTERS / ON THE R&H BEER RADIO PROGRAM." Composer is Clarence Gaskill, ASCAP. Copyright 1941 by Rubsam & Horrmann Brewing Co., Staten Island, N.Y. City. Front cover has artist's name "Barbelle" at lower left. Back cover is an advertisement for R&H beer and ale.
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Ownership and History Rubsam and Horrmann's brewery, established on Staten Island in 1870, was a major presence in the community for many decades before it was bought by Piels in 1953.

Composer Clarence Gaskill lived on Staten Island in the 1940s. He is best remembered for songs like "Minnie the Moocher," co-written with Irving Mills and Cab Calloway.

The cover artist, Albert Barbelle, also spent part of his life as a Staten Island resident. Barbelle is remembered for Tin Pan Alley sheet music covers and for his early illustrations of Mickey Mouse. In later life he was actively involved in the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Earliest Date 1941
Latest Date 1942
Material Paper
Subjects Beer
Brewing industry
Ephemera
Sheet music covers
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Gaskill, Clarence
Catalog Number X84.0301
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.