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Edward H. Wilber. Wilber's Book of Hebrew and Other Parodies.

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Edward H. Wilber. Wilber's Book of Hebrew and Other Parodies.

FINE BOOKS. Chicago, 1902. Humorous book of Jewish song parodies based on popular music of the era.

Price: $650

Wilber states that these song parodies, based on such classics as “The Good Old Summertime” and “Hello Central”, are written “to your order. Write for terms, stating your wants.” One presumes then that these were ordered by a most jocular vaudevillian looking to connect with his Jewish audience — politically correct they are not, but neither are they bigoted.

Hello! Goldstein, dis is Cohen
I’m not feeling vell.
Don’t look for me up in heaven,
I’m down here in –––– St. Louis.
Never start another fire,
Try and save your soul,
Or you’ll get a job down here,
Shov’ling in de coal.

Or:

Mosie vit his big nosie can make an awful breeze
Sometimes ve think its winter
Vhen he should happen to make a sneeze.

And:

Just because I made dem Jew-jew eyes
My face for me he quickly did disguise
He cleaned de sidewalk up and my face vas his mop
Just because I made dem Jew-jew eyes.

WILBER, Edward H. Wilber’s Book of Hebrew and Other Parodies. Chicago: Heidorn Brothers, 1902. 18pp. Bright pictorial orange wrappers. Hinges quite tender, otherwise Very Good Condition.