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Alfred E. Smith Memorial Album

Alfred E. Smith Memorial Album
Alfred E. Smith Memorial Album
Title
Alfred E. Smith Memorial Album
Date 
ca. 1944
Medium 
Leather, paper, vinyl
Dimensions 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 12 in. ( 26 x 30.5 cm )
Description 
Alfred E. Smith memorial record album with tooled leather presentation cover, 4 vinyl 78 RPM records with songs selected by four intimate friends of the former Governor: actor and producer Eddie Dowling, Variety editor Abel Green, Gene Buck, and comedian Eddie Cantor; dedication written by former mayor James J. Walker. Songs include "The Bowery," "Take Me Back to New York Town," and "The Sidewalks of New York."
Credit Line 
Gift of Edward Francis and Ruth Coffey
Object Number 
2003.63
Gallery Label 
Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), a native of New York City who began his political career in Tammany Hall, served four terms as Governor of New York, from 1918 to 1921 and from 1923 to 1928. While Governor, he championed progressive policies for New York City. He is also remembered for the housing development he sponsored at 174 South Street, the site of his birth, that still bears his name.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group