The largest poster in his office from several angles appears to be one for Smith. If you believe that CNN is "fake news" and that Tapper doesn't have credibility, I challenge that and tell you that anyone who understands the importance of Smith also understands and believes in his message. Smith was "a man for the people".
In a time when the issue of immigration is consistently on the front pages of newspapers in the U.S., today I share the Author's Preface from Oscar Handlin's 1958 book Al Smith and His America:
Experience the life of Al Smith by watching my documentary The Sidewalks of New York on YouTube. Here's the trailer.
In addition to the Bernard Gussow (1881-1957) piece from a previous blog, here are two more from Up From The City Streets: A Life of Alfred E. Smith. I searched the web and can't find any traces of these two pieces elsewhere, so you're likely seeing these here for the first time.
On the left, Al Smith and his family lived at 25 Oliver Street for much of their lives, with the exception of the time they spent in the Governor's mansion in Albany, New York. On the right is Tammany Hall, the political stronghold of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This page was scanned at a very high quality, and a black and white effect was added to remove the faded color of the now 90-year-old pages from the 1927 book.