Saturday, April 11, 2020

Some Not-So-Famous Writers and Their Typewriters (UPDATE 5/6/2020)

I thought it might be nice to share some pictures I've found in the Harbin library. These authors aren't well known (I got their books at a thrift store) and that's what inspired me to post their mugs here. If I find any more, I'll add them. Better yet, if any of you find them, share them with the rest of us!

Anya Seton, from the back of her novel Devil Water.

Lane Kauffman in 1964, from the back of his novel An Honorable Estate.

George Petit Lebrun worked at the New York City corner's office and was a major proponent of the Sullivan Law, the first gun control act of its type in American history. It went into effect in 1911, and made carrying unlicensed concealed firearms a felony in the state. This picture is from the back of his memoir It's Time To Tell.

P.S. Front Stroke is coming along. Be patient.

UPDATE: 4/22/2020

Earl Hamner Jr., author of Spencer's Mountain, which went on to inspire the hit TV show The Waltons. (Picture source:

Jack Conroy, founder and editor of The Anvil magazine. (Picture source:

Jeb Rosebrook, another writer who worked on The Waltons (Picture Source:

Ansel Adams, environmentalist. (Picture Source:

Willie Morris, author of Good Old Boy.

Leonie Orton, playwright and sister of Joe Orton, shown here with her brother's Adler. (Photo:

Sander Vancour, reporter for NBC who helped bring politics to television; when he died in 2019, he was the last survivor of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate. (Photo:

Stephen J. Cannell, novelist and creator of several hit TV shows, including The A-Team and The Rockford Files.
According to his Wikipedia page, Cannell wrote exclusively on a Selectric and only used a computer to do research. Every picture I could find of Cannell seemed to feature him with a Selectric II. If you search Google, you'll encounter photos of him with several different machines of various colors. The above footage was taken from a clip on YouTube, a bumper that was often featured at the end of shows he created to advertise his company, SJC Productions.
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