La Femme en Caoutchouc! Légende Féminine… Paroles de Albert Gaston, Musique de A. de La Gravelière.
Gaston, Albert and A. de La Gravelière.
A. Repos, ( n.d. (ca. 1894)), Paris
Folded sheet, 14 1/2 x 11 inches. b/w lithograph.
This is, I kid you not, an obscene and obscenely illustrated song sheet about a sea captain and his inflatable sex doll, circa 1894. Six verses tell how the captain has a “rubber doll… the object of his dreams” made for him and, “She’s a Venus, he sees.” He deflates and hides her every morning, but one night during a storm, he runs on deck leaving her inflated and unguarded. The sailors discover her and have their way with her, causing the distraught captain to throw her overboard. “The fish seeing the young lady / Swaying at the bottom of the ocean / Having flirted by her / Lay their eggs inside her. Refrain: Now every year in August / From this poor woman / This poor rubber woman / A thousand cod are born / Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! / A thousand cod are born.” Inflation, true love, discovery and disposal are illustrated on the back of the folded sheet. The inside of the sheet is blank, perhaps explained by the fact that the song sheet is advertised as being in “petit format” for 1 franc, or “Piano” for three francs. It may be that the Piano version had music on the inside. Worldcat shows only the Bibliothèque nationale de France holding a copy, but it identifies that copy as a “score” and gives the publisher as “Imp. de Delanchy”. So this seems to be a unique variant of a rare and fascinating item. Light staining.