Two Uncovered Bernard Gussow New York Pieces

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Two Uncovered Bernard Gussow New York Pieces

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.

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Governor Smith's New York and Artist Bernard Gussow

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Governor Smith's New York and Artist Bernard Gussow

Up From The City Streets: A Life of Alfred E. Smith was first published in November 1927 by Grosset & Dunlap, one year before Governor Al Smith would lose the 1928 election after securing the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

While several of artist Bernard Gussow's (1881-1957) pieces are still available through art auctions and other websites, I was unable to locate this particular piece anywhere online, so here's a high quality scan from the book.

This pastel piece was not included in my documentary, The Sidewalks of New York.

Al Smith was born directly under the center of the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge's construction on December 30, 1873. The art was likely created in the 1920s.

Watch my documentary The Sidewalks of New York to see the incredible story.

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1917 vs 2017: The Post-Inaugural Women's March

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1917 vs 2017: The Post-Inaugural Women's March

As I watched the coverage of massive crowds across the world for today's Women's March, I began to wonder if perhaps 100 years ago following the 1917 inauguration there might have been similar gatherings.

The photo below shows March 1917. In 1917 the inauguration was on March 5, 1917. Most inaugurations took place in the month of March until 1937.

The photos I found on the Library of Congress website (courtesy Harris & Ewing) show women picketing in front of the White House. Some of the photos do not display a month, but all are from the year 1917.

100 years later women are still fighting for their rights, and in the same way that women in 1917 met opposition from a large portion of the public, today's Women's March also met opposition.

Today in some cities women blocked traffic, and in 1917 they did the same thing in front of the White House. Also, arrests were made in 1917 for peaceful protests, as described by some of the photos. According to this photo, six months in prison was a sentence given to some women.

The women in 1917 and 2017 all had clear goals. In 1917 they wrote them on signs. At today's marches they still had signs, but they also created websites and organized on social media pages. Women have been fighting for rights for well over 100 years, but it is striking to compare post-inauguration 100 years ago to what happened today. Crowds today show those in favor of women's rights are stronger than ever.

It should be a compelling moment for those who are opposed to today's marches to see these images from 1917, and realize that perhaps it is those who gather by the millions to march peacefully who are on the right side of history.

If after this week you seek a inspiration that there can be good and honest politicians in this country, I direct you to my recent documentary that tells the most fascinating tale in New York history.

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Watch 'The Sidewalks of New York'

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Watch 'The Sidewalks of New York'

The Sidewalks of New York is a documentary film that begins with the tale of the famous song of the same name, and builds every moment toward the fascinating story behind Governor Al Smith, the most forgotten historical figure in American history. The elections of 1924 and 1928 are featured prominently in the story's second half, and along the way a handful of songs from the same time period are played to portray that, while this film is somewhat about the tune 'The Sidewalks of New York', the other songs do their part to lift up and bring the story home, all joining together to complete one of the most inspiring tales in New York history.

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