Governor Alf M. Landon Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: September 9, 1887 in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania
Died: October 12, 1987 in Topeka, Kansas
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Alf Landon (1887-1987), Governor of Kansas from 1933-1937, was the 1936 Republican candidate for President, losing in a landslide to President Franklin Roosevelt by 523-8 electoral votes. His daughter, Nancy Landon Kassebaum, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate for three terms (1979-1997). Ken Murray (1903-1988) was a vaudevillian, actor, and radio and television entertainer who hosted The Ken Murray Show, an hour-long variety show on Saturday nights on CBS (1950-1952). It was also broadcast on the radio nationally; at the time, televisions were still not present in the majority of households. Another show he hosted called Where Were You?  aired locally in the Los Angeles, California area from 1954 to 1957. He performed in various films, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Follow Me, Boys! (1966), and Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Perhaps his most important contribution to Hollywood, however, was his use of home movies with Hollywood celebrities. He sent footage of actors like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to his grandparents, and he later used this film to create films like Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963). They provide a first-hand account of Hollywood stars behind the scenes. He wrote a number of books over the decades, including an autobiography.   

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