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Annette Hanshaw
Paper Artifacts from Her Musical Career

Annette Hanshaw, daughter of Frank W. and Mary Gertrude (McCoy) Hanshaw, was the first known singer to reach enduring national fame in our family. This page contains some original paper artifacts of her career, preserved today in the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Archives, and demonstrating the impact she had on American music in the 1920s and '30s.
 

With Edmund B. "Tiny" Ruffner in a 1934 Saturday Evening Post advertisement for "Captain Henry's Maxwell House Show Boat" promoting Maxwell House Coffee.

 

Similar Saturday Evening Post advertisement (June 16, 1934) -- this time with Conrad Thibault -- promoting "Captain Henry's Maxwell House Show Boat."

     

Left: featured on the title page of Ain't She Sweet, published by Ager, Yellen & Bornstein Inc. of 745 Seventh Avenue in New York. Right: sheet music for Lost in a Fog, by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, as originally introduced in Ben Marsden's Riviera Revue.

Three pieces of sheet music from the late 1920s and early '30s:  A Sweet Beginning Like This; Me Too; and Clouds.

      
Sheet music featuring Sing A Little Low-Down Tune and I'm Disappointed in You
 
    
Lonely Street and Seein' Is Believin' sheet music
    

Left: the March 1935 issue of Radio Stars magazine, with a feature story plagued by many inaccuracies, starting with the erroneous headline. Right: featured in the May 30, 1936 issue of Radio Guide Magazine, after she retired from performing at an early age. 

 

A sketch of Annette (bottom row, second from right) adorns this protective paper sleeve from Perfect Record

 
     

Forgive Me sheet music, issued by Ager, Yellen & Bornstein, Inc., Music Publishers, 1595 Broadway, New York City. Right: I'm Sure of Everything But You.

 
      

Left: Annette gracing the cover of the July 1935 edition of Tower Radio Magazine. Right: I Thrill When They Mention Your Name sheet music, by Rick Smith, Tony Sacco and Peter Tinturin, published by Donaldson Douglas & Gumble, 1595 Broadway, New York.

 
       

On the cover of Radio Stars Magazine, June 1935, and pictured in an inside article headlined "Secrets of a Showboat Sailor."

 
       

Above left: Sketch of Annette (far right) on the title page of Popular Song Hits, also featuring Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Russ Columbo and Ethel Shutta, published by Engel-Van Wiseman of New York. Above right: Sheet music for You Fit into the Picture, lyrics by Bud Green, music by Jesse Greer, published by Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, 225 West 46th Street, New York City, circa 1935.

 
        

Above: sheet music for You Certainly Look Snappy in That Van Heusen, the theme from the Van Heusen radio program, featuring Alois Havrilla, Ben Silvin and the Van Heusen Quartette. The Van Heusen broadcast on CBS was considered her "first big show." Right: Every Little Moment, lyric by Dorothy Fields, music by Jimmy McHugh, published by Robbins Music Corporation, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York.

 
        

Above, left: sheet music for In a Little Spanish Town ('Twas on a Night Like This), lyrics by Lewis and Young, music by Mabel Wayne, published by Leo. Feist, Inc., New York, billed as "an exquisite waltz song" with ukulele accompaniment. Above, right: Lying in the Hay, a ukulele arrangement, with original words by Jean Franc-Nohain, music by Mireille, English version by Henry Roberts and Harry S. Pepper, published in the United States by Mills Music, 1619 Broadway, New York.

 

Above: sheet music for Lovey - Fox Trot Song. Words by Arthur Freed. Music by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart. Published by Leo. Feist Inc., New York.

 
       

Annette featured in a January 1931 edition of Radio Stars, pictured reading a copy of the magazine while lounging in a favorite chair.

 
        

Song Hit Folio, Vol. 1, No. 5, published by Engel-Van Wiseman, Inc., New York, billed as "the only official publication of the words to popular songs published in the United States in accordance with copyright laws." Mae West is featured on the cover, and a half-page profile article of Annette is printed inside.

 
      

Annette's photograph appears in this edition of Popular Songs, with the cover picturing Bing Crosby wearing a sailor's hat.

 
     

A portrait of Annette -- her most popular one over the years -- is published in Robbins Hollywood Dance Folio, No. 10.

 
CBS Radio publicity photo and caption from the Baltimore Sun archives, cropped and touched-up by editors,  promoting the "Roundup." Date-stamped Feb. 20, 1931. Print numbered C-8431.2 NBC Radio publicity photo and caption from the Baltimore Sun archives, cropped and touched-up by editors, promoting the "Maxwell House Show Boat." Date-stamped Nov. 16, 1930.
   
CBS publicity photo and caption from the Baltimore Sun archives, cropped and touched-up by editors, promoting the "Van Heusen Program." Date-stamped Nov. 14, 1930. Print numbered C.8849-10. CBS publicity photo and caption from the Baltimore Sun archives, cropped and touched-up by editors, promoting her regular appearances on CBS. Date-stamped March 28, 1933. Print numbered C.10028-3
   

NBC Radio publicity photo with Annette seemingly a little shocked under the stern glare of Fred Waller in this image from the early 1930s. 

 

Singers Pee Wee Hunt (left) and Kenny Sargent hold up fellow star Annette. The trio were regulars on CBS's Camel Caravan radio show during the 1930s.

 

Above: Annette with radio singer James Melton. Photo courtesy Culver Pictures.

 

Pictured in a Camel cigarette advertisement, along with businessman Irving J. Pritchard, squash champion John L. Summers and aviator Col. Roscoe Turner. Date unknown.

 

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