Alfred E. Smith Memorial Album

Object Number: 
ca. 1944
Leather, paper, vinyl
Overall: 10 1/4 x 12 in. ( 26 x 30.5 cm )
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."
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edward Francis and Ruth Coffey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group