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BOOKLET
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Accession Number: 2012.54.2

Entitled: Army Hit Kit

Physical Description: Booklet titled " Army Hit Kit." Tri-fold booklet printed on newsprint paper. Top half of the front of the booklet shows the heads of four men behind an open book. Six lines of lettering printed on the exterior of the book. The men's mouths are open as though they are singing. Lyrics to a song are printed below the illustration. In total, the lyrics to seven songs are printed in the booklet. In numerical order, they are: It Had to Be You; Swinging on a Star; You Made Me Love You; The Marseillaise; Good Night, Wherever You Are; Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet; and Amor. All lettering and the illustration are printed in black ink.

History of Object: Unknown. Beginning in 1943, the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army sent song lyrics and sheet music to troops serving on the front each month. Music was considered good for recreation and morale. The booklets contained popular American music, which kept the soldiers acquainted with what was going on at home. This booklet contains the lyrics to seven songs: It Had to Be You; Swinging on a Star; You Made Me Love You; The Marseillaise; Good Night, Wherever You Are; Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet; and Amor. The booklets were distributed during mail call so that even soldiers who didn't receive letters got something.

Date: 1944

Dimensions (in cm): 13.30 (H) 8.90 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [front cover] ARMY Hit Kit / Issued Monthly by / SPECIAL SERVICES DIVISION / ARMY SERVICE FORCES * U.S. ARMY / For use by the U.S. Armed Forces only. Not For Sale / AUGUST, 1944 / (1) IT HAD TO BE YOU / (A Great Old Favorite!) / It had to be you, It had to be you; / (?) / Copyright 1924 by REMICK MUSIC CORP., New York, N.Y. / Used by Permission // [back cover] (7) AMOR / (Latin-American Song Favorite) / Amor, Amor, Amor / This word so sweet that I repeat / [?] / Copyright 1941 & 1943 by PROMOTORA HISPANO AMER- / ICANA de MUSICA, S.A., Mexico City, D.F. / Used by Permission / Dance orchestrations for these and all popular / numbers may be purchased through your PX. / * U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTIGN OFFICE : 1944 //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Theme/topic: Music
    Event: World War, 1939-1945
    Business / Organization: United States. Army

Creators and Contributors

    Shapiro, Bernstein & Company, Inc.
    Promotora Hispano Americana de Musica, S.A.
    Remick Music Corporation
    Leo Feist Inc.
    Burke & Van Heusen Inc.
    U.S. Government Printing Office
    Robbins Music Corporation
    Broadway Music Corporation

Status: Cataloged

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