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"Senator" Edward Hastings Ford Collection

Type of Material: Family and publicity photographs, scrapbooks, and materials collected by the vaudeville comedian who starred on the radio series "Can You Top This?"
Personal Name: Edward Hastings Ford
Collection ID: Collection 283
Creator: Edward Hastings Ford
Extent: 2.2 cubic ft.
Span Dates: 1906-1951

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Title
"Senator" Edward Hastings Ford Collection
Collection 283

Description
Papers, 1906-1951.
2.2 cubic ft.
Comedian and radio personality.
Family and publicity photographs, scrapbooks, and materials collected by the vaudeville comedian who starred on the radio series "Can You Top This?"  "Senator" Ford was a resident of Southold, N.Y.

Introduction

Edward Hastings Ford (1887-1970) was a vaudeville comedian and creator of "Can You Top This?," a joke-telling radio show that aired on WOR-Mutual from 1940-1954. Mr. Ford was permanent member of the show's panel of joke-tellers, along with Joe Laurie, Jr, and Harry Hersfield. He added the prefix "Senator" to his name in his 20s to enhance his status as a performer. Senator Ford was famous for his "wit, dolleries and pronouncements of plain Yankee common sense, all reinforced with a dour demeanor."

Mr. Ford was a resident of Greenport, Long Island, New York. He died in 1970 of lung and throat cancer.

Biography: Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960, authored by Thomas De Long.

Collection Note

The "Senator" Edward Hastings Ford Collection was purchased in 1980 by Special Collections. It contains approximately 2.2 cubic feet of material. Contents date from 1906-1951, and include correspondence, transcripts, cartoons, and publicity photographs. The collection consists of 5 series: Photographs, Scrapbooks, Correspondence, Pamphlets and Magazines, and Books.

Rights and Permissions 

Stony Brook University Libraries' consent as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.

INVENTORY

Series I: Photographs

Box 1

Ford Family Photograph Album (1 of 2)

Box 2

Ford Family Photograph Album (2 of 2)

Box 3

Photographs (1)
Photographs (2)
Photographs (3
Photographs (4)
Photographs (5)
Photographs (6)
Photographs (7)
Photographs (8)
Photographs (9)
Family (1)
Family (2)
Family (3)
Family (4)
Family (5)
Family (6)
Family (7)
Family (8)
Family (9)
Family (10)
Family (11)
Family (12)
Family (13)
Family (14)
Family (15)
Ford Portraits
Ford Cartoons
Negatives
Celebrity Photographs (1)
Celebrity Photographs (2)
Celebrity Photographs (3)
Celebrity Photographs (4)
Celebrity Photographs (5)
Tin Types (1)
Tin Types (2)
1945 Program

Box 4

Can You Top This (1)
Can You Top This (2)
Can You Top This (3)
Can You Top This (4)
Can You Top This (5)
Can You Top This (6)
Can You Top This (7)
Can You Top This (8)
Can You Top This (9)
Can You Top This (10)
Can You Top This (11)
Can You Top This (12)
Can You Top This (13)
Can You Top This (14)
Can You Top This (15)
Can You Top This (16)
Can You Top This (17)
Can You Top This (18)
Can You Top This (19)
Can You Top This (20)
Can You Top This (21)
Can You Top This (22)
Can You Top This (23)
Can You Top This (24)
Can You Top This (25)
Can You Top This (26)
Can You Top This (27)
Can You Top This (28)
Can You Top This (29)
Can You Top This (30)
Can You Top This (31)
Can You Top This (32)
Can You Top This (33)
Can You Top This (34)

Box 5

Signed Photos
Loose Photographs (1)
Loose Photographs (2)
Loose Photographs (3)

Series II. Scrapbooks

Box 6

Scrapbook (1)
Scrapbook (2)
Scrapbook (3)

Box 7

Scrapbook (4)
Scrapbook (5)
Scrapbook (6)

Box 8

Scrapbook (7)
Scrapbook (8)

Box 9

Scrapbook (9)
Newspaper Clippings

Box 10

Cartoons
Cartoons (1) undated
Cartoons (2) undated
Cartoons (3) undated

Series III: Correspondence

Letters
Letters (1)
Letters (2)
Letters (3)

Series IV. Pamphlets and Magazines

Magazines (1)
Magazines (2)
Magazines (3)
Magazines (4)

Box 11

Magazines (5)
Magazines (6)
Magazines (7)

Box 12

Pamphlets (1)
Pamphlets (2)
Pamphlets (3)
Pamphlets (4)
Pamphlets (5)
Pamphlets (6)
Pamphlets (7)

Box 13

Pamphlets (8)
Pamphlets (9)
Pamphlets (10)
Pamphlets (11)
Pamphlets (12)


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