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Mailbox features classified advertisements related to Pennsylvania history.

Nathaniel Convers Wyeth, the brilliant American illustrator whose work appeared in numerous books and magazines, is the subject of intensive research, which will be published as a cata­logue raisonne by the Brandywine River Museum. The project will also develop a comprehensive bibliography of publications, films, interviews, recordings and related commentary pertaining to the artist and his career. Individuals and institutions able to share information about N. C. Wyeth and his works are asked to write: Curatorial Department, Brandywine River Museum, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-7601 or 459-1900.

 

For a biographical study of Harrisburg architects and draughtsmen between 1890 and 1930, photographs, business cards, letterheads, correspondence and drawings are being sought for the following: Charles Hay Bernheisel, Peter Bernheisel, Jr., William Hart Boughton, Frank G. Fahnestock, Jr., William W. Johnson, C. Harry Kain, David R. Miller, Karl T. Opperman, Luther M. Simon, John C. Smith, Bernard E. Starr and Warren O. Weaver. Individuals and institutions able to pro­vide items for research, as well as information regarding com­missions, plans and buildings, are urged to write: Ken Frew, 1839 Green St., Apt. 107, Harrisburg, PA 17102; or telephone (717) 232-2755.

 

Memorabilia, ephemera and souvenirs-such as postcards, early toll receipts, commemorative objects and vintage photographs – pertaining to the Pennsylvania Turnpike are being collected by a researcher (who provided information and illustra­tions for the article entitled “America’s Dream Highway” by Dan Cupper in the fall 1990 edition) for further documentation and study. Information may be sent to: Peg M. Stapleton, P.O. Box 118, Boiling Springs, PA 17007-0118; or telephone (717) 258-6340.

 

Earl Thatcher (1871-1929), a Philadelphia artist who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Museum’s School of industrial Arts, is known to have painted portraits and enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator and commercial artist. He studied with Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930) and William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and may have illustrated books for Harper and Brothers. For a forthcoming monograph devoted to Thatcher, any information about the artist, especially regarding his association with Harper and Brothers, is requested by: Lloyd Craig Minter, Evensong House, Saint Peter’s Row, 5916 Wayne, Ave., Philadel­phia, PA 19144-3323.

 

The Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) is undertaking a pilot project in Pennsylvania to identify and locate the reposito­ries of archival material relating to the manufacture of automo­biles in the Commonwealth. More than three hundred automobiles were built in Pennsylvania, and historians are seek­ing the whereabouts of corporate records relating to founders and owners, incorporation, operations, finances, labor relations, engineering, publicity and advertising, litigation, bankruptcy and mergers. Particularly needed for study are minute books, stock certificates, photographs, documents and correspondence. Results of this survey will be published. Please send information to: Shelby C. Applegate, Box 514, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064; or tele­phone (717) 964-2342.

 

New findings and research in Hessian history and genealogy are being sought by: Richard Barth, P.O. Box 99, Pennsauken, N.J. 08110; telephone (609) 663-8292.