Composer Albert Gumble’s most popular song was “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” but his IMDB entry has a surprising series of credits: more than a dozen cartoon and comedy shorts, including the Bugs and Daffy vehicle “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” These soundtrack listings come from Gumble and Bryan’s “Winter,” a popular musical cue for snowy cartoon scenes. The songwriting team’s “I won’t be back till August” is in a decidedly summerlike vein, one that I’d be happy to trade for snow right now.
I’ve shown this late Art Nouveau illustration, by Frew, to a number of people, and their guesses as to the identity of those three vertical figures range from microphones (thanks Jan L.) to one-eyed Squidwards with antennae (thanks V). I see veils. Whatever they are, fauna or flora, I think it means we all need a vacation. Thanks to fellow blogger Cait Miller for discovering this in Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 in the Performing Arts Encyclopeda. In The Muse will be taking a much needed breather soon, but we promise to leave you in good hands.