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I?m Off for Charleston.

Broadside Songsheet]. [William Donaldson]-

Published by Philadelphia, PA. Thomas M. Scroggy. N.D. [ca. ], 1855
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15.7 cm. W x 20.8 cm. H. 1 p. A dialect song, here, published as a song sheet broadside by Thomas M. Scroggy of Philadelphia (at 443 Vine St.). Words and music are by William Donaldson, first published in 1850 by Firth, Pond Co. of New York.(website of Lester Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins). Scroggy was a noted printer and publisher of song sheets, along with De Marsan and others. The text is enclosed by a type ornament border characteristic of Scroggy.Thomas M. Scroggy possibly served in the Civil War,in the Pennsylvania Militia Infantry, 45th Regiment, Company H (as a Thomas M. Scroggy is recorded in Samuel Penniman Bates, ?History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861?65?, Volume 5, Part 2, p.1280, 1871). Scroggy?s publishing business was recorded in the Philadelphia directories for 1852?57. Recorded initially at 443 Vine St., he later (after the Civil War moved to 1229 Vine as a wholesale agent and, yet later, ca. 1884, was noted to be at 1232 Vine St. as a stationer. Of interest, a note in ?The American Bookseller, Vol. XVI, No. 8, p. 412, October 15, 1884 (published by the American Book Trade Association) reports the arrest on October 3 of Thomas M. Scroggy for selling obscene photographs and literature. His arrest ?was made at the instance of Anthony Comstock and S. G. Oram, agents of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, who secured with the prisoner a box full of obscene photographs and about twelve indecent books? Comstock (1844?1915) was the notorious enemy of vice and obscenity who had persuaded the U.S. Congress in 1873 to pass the Comstock Law which made illegal the delivery or transportation of ?obscene, lewd or lascivious? material as well as methods or information on birth control. Comstock later called G. B. Shaw an ?Irish smut dealer? and alerted the New York police to the content of Shaw?s play, ?Mrs Warren?s Profession. Shaw in turn called such behavior ?Comstockery?, using a term originally coined by the New York Times in 1895. Only a few spots of foxing. Else, Very Good. Ref.: Wolf, ?American Song Sheets Slip Ballads and Poetical Broadsides, LCP, #1021f. Bookseller Inventory # 11288

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Title: I?m Off for Charleston.

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA. Thomas M. Scroggy. N.D. [ca. ]

Publication Date: 1855

Binding: Loose sheet, as issued.

Edition: First Edition.

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