The 1932 Waterman's Autograph Album offered budding collectors instruction and advice on how to acquire and assemble an autograph collection. This 5x7 volume also presented young applicants the opportunity to win prizes for the quality of their collections, based on examples gathered between April 1st and October 1st of the year 1932. The efforts of one taker is up for grabs with this Waterman's album that was the property of a Newark, New Jersey girl. Kept in the family all these years, this winner of a collection was consigned directly by a descendant of the collector and presents as a fantastic period piece.
Showing relatively moderate signs of wear considering its advanced age, this fairly sturdy album boasts a total of (73) c.1932 period signed autographs, on cuts that are adhered to the pages throughout. The list of signers is heavy with politicians, such as governors, mayors and local public servants, along with military aviators, prominent businessmen, entertainers, Boy/Girl Scout officials and assorted other VIPs, including one legendary athlete. In keeping with the times and the noteworthy subjects, these signatures are generally graceful and display a potency average of ("8-9").
Key signers are: baseball great Babe Ruth, who signed while active (d.1948), future president Franklin D. Roosevelt noted as "Governor of NY" (d.1945, signature deemed a stamp by JSA), military aviator and future general Jimmy Doolittle (d.1993), military aviator Frank Hawkes (d.1938), singer/actor Rudy Valee (d.1986), singer Kate Smith (d.1986), jazz band leader Paul "King of Jazz" Whiteman (d.1967), Mrs. Mina Edison wife of inventor Thomas Edison (d.1986) and former Governor of NY and presidential candidate Al Smith (d.1944). Also present are (38) of sitting U.S. Governors of 1932; and (4) of the five judges listed in the rules section who were to determine contest winners, with Boy Scout co-founder Griffith Ogden Ellis (d.1948), prominent autograph collector Alwin J. Scheuer (d.1934), Boys Scouts Vice President Frank Presbrey and Girl Scouts National Director Josephine Schain.
Given that FDR was a Governor at the time, this collection actually totals (39/48) possible U.S. Governors holding office in 1932. The list of the (39) States represented is: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Signatures include: Griffith Ogden Ellis (d.1948), Josephine Schain (1949), Frank Hague (1956), Jerome Congleton (1936), Louis Bamberger (1944), Mina Miller (Mrs. Thomas Edison, 1947), Jimmy Doolittle (1993), Frank Hawks (1938), Babe Ruth (1948), Rudy Vallee (1986), Pick Malone (1962)/ Pat Padgette (1990), Joe Cook (1959), Al Smith (1944), Kate Smith (1986), William Tudor Gardner (1953), George F. Shafer (1948), A. Harry Moore (1952), Paul Whteman (1967), Henry Horton (1934), Arthur Seligman (1933), Gifford Pinchot (1946), James Rolph (1934), Dan Turner (1969), Billy Adams (1954), Wilbur Lucius Cross (1948), John Winant (1947, suicide), Oscar K. Allen (1936), C. Douglass Buck (1965), George W.P. Hunt (1934), Harry Woodring (1967), Harvey Parnell (1936), Joseph Ely (1956), C. Ben Ross (1946), Harry G. Leslie (1937), George White (1953), Benjamin M. Miller (1944), Wilber Brucker (1968), Henry Caulfield (1966), John Erickson (1946), Doyle Carlton (1972), Floyd Olson (1936), Norman S. Case (1967), Philip La Follette (1965), Louis L. Emmerson (1941), Julius Meier (1937), Oliver Max Gardner (1947), Albert Ritchie (1936), Fred Balzar (1934), John Gardiner Richards Jr. (1941), William Conley (1940), Warren Green (1945), Ruby Laffoon (1941) and Charles Bryan (1945).
Full photo LOA from JSA.