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This week’s Music Monday feature is a recently cataloged item, That Wolverton Rag, from the Sheet Music Collection. The piece was written expressly for the Sacramento Coast League baseball team by Clay W. Chipman and the cover features a photograph of Harry Wolverton, who was manager of the Sacramento Solons, during 1913-1914.
Here is this week’s post in our Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.
This week Gerome has decided to highlight our oldest item, a clay tablet from Sumeria, circa 1974 B.C. The cuneiform inscription is an administrative text written during the Third Dynasty of Ur at Umma, which was at the center of a large agricultural district in southern Mesopotamia. The text orders the hiring of persons to perform agricultural work on the fields belonging to the temple of Shara, the chief god of Umma.
This week’s Music Monday feature is I’m Lonesome For the Wholesome Little Town Where I was Born from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song. This piece of sheet music was digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the online version via the catalog record.
With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerome has cycling on his mind. So, this week’s highlight is Around the World on a Bicycle (1889) by Thomas Stevens. This two volume work details Stevens journey as the first person to ride around the world on a bicycle.
His trip, which began in San Francisco on April 22, 1884, included a stop in Davisville (now Davis). Here’s what he said: “Already I realize that there is going to be as much “foot-riding” as anything for the first part of my journey; so while halting for dinner at the village of Davisville, I deliver my rather slight shoes over to the tender mercies of an Irish cobbler of the old school with carte blanche instructions to fit them out for hard service.”
Nearly four months later, Stevens arrived in Boston on August 4, 1884. After spending the winter of 1884-1885 in New York, he embarked to Liverpool on April 9, 1885 to continue his trip.