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Trees by Joyce Kilmer - Sung by Paul Robeson - 1939 - Victor Portable Victrola

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Uploaded on Mar 28, 2009

Here is African American Singer & Actor Paul Robeson (1898-1976) Singing Trees composed by Joyce Kilmer & Oscar Rasbach, on a 1939 Victor black and gold label, 10" 78rpm record from 1939 recorded in Europe. The Victrola is a Victor Crank style Portable which I estimate to be from the 1930's. The Poem trees was written by .Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 July 30, 1918) an American journalist, poet, literary critic, lecturer and editor. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty, most of his works are unknown, but a select few of his poems remain popular and are published frequently in anthologies. At the time of his deployment to Europe during the first World War (1914 - 1918), Kilmer was considered the leading American Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation. A sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment, he was killed at the Second Battle of Marne in 1918 at the age of 31.

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