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Material Recording the Political & Military Life of New York City Mayor Adolph Loges Kline Including His 1901 Appointment as Brig. General of the NY State Guard, Photographs and 1913 Indexed Scrapbook of His Mayoralty
New York City: Not Published, 1901. Collection of material includes: 1901 Appointment on parchment, completed in a calligraphic hand, constituting Colonel Kline of the 14th Regiment Inf. to Brigadier General of the NY National Guard; approx. 12" x 16", signed & witnessed by Benjamin B. Odell, Jr., (1854-1926) Governor of the state, with the gold-embossed NY State Seal - some darkening, ageing to the parchment, in very good condition; with 6, 8 1/2" x 11" press photographs of Kline as Mayor, with his wife in his Hillcrest Queens NY home and in Jamaica Queens at a summer place, also an image after his mayoral stint in a review of the Old Guard military - one of these photos with the G. Legendre Photo, N.Y. World accreditation, 2 of the images from American Press Assoc. and one of the smaller photos Brown Bros. N.Y.; with a couple of smaller images of the Hillcrest home & of the Mayor & wife and sepia-tone photo of Kline in his old Guard uniform, completely with tall bearskin shako military hat - some edge, tips wear and occasional chipping to corners of images, in generally very good condition; The newspaper clipping scrapbook of 150 pages; very usefully at the front of the scrapbook is an alphabetical index of all the articles found within, all printed within the time of office of A. L. Kline as Mayor of the City of New York; Kline (1858-1930) had become acting Mayor of New York City on September 10, 1913 (and remains the only Mayor of NY who'd never held an elected position) upon the death of Mayor William Jay Gaynor (1849-1913), serving for the rest of that year; this scrapbook announces and gives Kline's & the NY public's reaction to the death of Gaynor, who had died while at sea traveling to Europe - doctors suspected from overwork and old injuries sustained from an attempted assassination a few years prior; in the index, most of the articles are given their newspaper attribution - N.Y. Tribune, Globe, Eagle, Sun, World, Mail, Post, Times - the date of printing, a short title of the article and the page number at which to be found in the scrapbook; at the articles' page, each is again dated, newspaper identified; with editorial opinions, news, police and crime pieces, various financial and board proclamations and debates, city works and charities, education and more covered here, headline examples include: Tammany Snow Contract Blocked; Temperance Women Welcomed; Teachers Pension Fund is found lacking; Mayor Elects Testimony; Mr. Stover Found in New Orleans (city official had disappeared from Parks Dept. post for a month); Kline Demands Budget Economy; Mayor Kline's Good School Appointments; Buildings and Safety of Them and hundreds more pieces - much on Mayor Gaynor, his life, death and city legacy and many other topics covered; in addition to the tipped-in scrapbook articles are laid-in sections of newspapers of the time, reporting the death of Mayor Gaynor and announcing the appointment of Kline as Acting Mayor; with another photograph tipped-on to a loose scrapbook page of A.L. Kline & John Purroy Mitchel (1879-1918) who succeeded Kline as mayor of New York (and was the second-youngest to have ever held the position at 34 years old); some of the scrapbook items with black and white illustrations; the book approx. 11" x 16 1/2" size; a ledger style, "Mark Twain's Scrap Book" by Daniel Slote & Co., N.Y., which touted a patented 'self-stick' mounting system for placing items within; ledger with this brand's sticker on front endpaper; textured green cloth covered boards, leather corners; spine covering gone, boards detached; some of the scrapbook leaves chipped and detached, the paper brittle and darkening; in generally good condition and giving an excellent nearly day-by-day accounting of Kline's short interim term as Mayor; there is no identity given of the scrapbook's maker, however due to its thoroughness, we speculate it may very well have been kept by a close family member or a mayor's office worker at the time; it would be very difficult to recreate the information found here in this same orderly and accessible fashion; a very good reference to New York City history of the time, via primary sources.. Manuscript. Not Bound. Good. `.
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