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Biography of Harry A. Frankel by Helene Davis Frankel, circa 1948, 1990

 File — Box: 4265.001, Folder: 36

Scope and Contents

This file contains a photocopy of a biography of performer Harry A. Frankel written by his wife, "Smiles" Frankel (Helene Davis Frankel). According to her biography, Frankel himself was known as "Singin' Sam," thanks to a lengthy career in vaudeville, usually in blackface, and later as a radio pitchman for the Great States Lawn Mower Company, Barbasol, and Coca Cola, on station WLW. The cover page indicates that "Mary Ellen" wrote about Harry Frankel in her newspaper column. Another note on the cover mentions a Mary Ellen Donat.


  • circa 1948, 1990

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

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Biographical / Historical

Harry A. Frankel (1888-1948), vaudeville and radio performer in the US Midwest, was born in Ohio, grew up in Danville, Kentucky, and lived as an adult in Richmond, Indiana, before retiring to Florida, where he died.


From the Collection: 3.8 Linear Feet


Formerly MSS.1728, Harry A. Frankel and Helene Davis Frankel Biography/Newspaper Article

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Processing Information

Processed by Donnelly Lancaster/John Beeler, 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266