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Albany Scrapbook Examines Life and Lore in New York’s Capital City

Colorful cast of characters populates regional history book

Albany, NY, June 15, 2007 --( Where do Henry Hudson, a slave named Pomp, Mario Cuomo, Philip Schuyler, the inventor of basketball (perhaps), a nineteenth century detective named Elisha Mack, an eighteenth century geographer named Simeon DeWitt, Charles Dickens, the putative Dauphin of France, Fidel Castro, Herman Melville, a renaissance man named Solomon, Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Evers, early stage star Joseph Kline Emmet, both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, and a host of other colorful and compelling characters cross paths?

In the annals of Albany, New York, one of America's oldest and most fascinating cities.

And in the pages of Albany Scrapbook by Kenneth Salzmann, now available from Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises

The book explores the history and—sometimes—the folklore of Albany through four centuries. In chapters that look at everything from old Albany’s early days as an important outpost for Dutch fur traders to the settlement’s first homicide to the region’s early theatrical fare and its rich political history, Albany Scrapbook expands upon a series of magazine columns Salzmann, a freelance writer, wrote for the 1980s weekly magazine, Albany, New York.

The new book, priced at $12.95, is the first of two scheduled volumes.

Excerpts of the book appear online at

Albany Scrapbook Vol.1 also can be ordered online at or by writing to Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, Box 341, Woodstock, NY, 12498.


“Albany Scrapbook is wide-ranging in topic, occasionally whimsical, always well-written, and the total effect is a montage of life in Albany, past and present.”
-Wendell Tripp
New York History
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