Song sheet: THE CORKERS. By Jack Williams. Air--"Oh Susanna."

Philadelphia: T.M. Scroggy, 1860s. First Edition. Eight verses, in part: "The Corkers are a crowd of men, who loaf about the town, Whose boarding bills are running up, and funds are running down .... In the Engine or Hose house, the Corker you will find .... While the alms house is handy, and Moyamensing near, Where you will be confined, without your pretzel or your beer...." Typographic ornamental border. 9.5" x 6". Small chip from upper corner, no text loss. Sealed in archival mylar. Very Good. Item #039816

[Wolf, American Song Sheets, 392.] This song refers to the Philadelphia fire-company riots of the 19th century, which led the City Council to eliminate the volunteer fire-company system. Moyamensing Prison was at Passyunk & Reed streets in South Philadelphia. Poe spent a night there in 1849, following his drunken suicide attempt.

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