Jack D. Hunter's Blog

20 August 2007

Hello, one and all.

(What a silly salutation. Logic holds that if you say hello to "All" you're automatically saying hello to "One." If, on the other hand, you say hello to merely "One", you're cutting out everybody else, making the upcoming message private and specific. But if you don't know anybody named "One," the salutation is rendered even more worthless and nonsensical. So the guy who devised that salutation: What was he thinking of? I say, a pox on him for making me fret about such things. I have many more important issues on my mind, like, say, what happens to those single socks that disappear in the dryer?)

In any event, hello, all you dear and highly valued friends.

In this issue of the newsletter I'd like to subject you to a small, informal survey that has — I'm sure you're delighted to know — nothing to do with politics for a change. I'd like to know what you think of another product I'm considering as an addition to my aviation art offerings.

Over time, I've found that lots of folks sort of like my paintings of early aircraft — those of World War I and the "Golden Years" of aviation — and would often like to buy them as incidental gifts for special people in their lives, but the prices are plain too steep to be readily accommodated in the weekly household budget. Nobody understands this better than I do. With the inexorable rise in materials and equipment costs, depreciation, taxes, postage, electricity, water, gasoline, and Hershey bars, I, too, have formidable overhead versus diminishing returns; the work is hugely time-consuming and the costs are getting ever more atrocious, and if I hope to earn even minimum wage I simply must price my work accordingly. This is not a hand-wringing whine, this is simply a statement of the troublesome conditions I confront while pursuing my beloved profession.

Okay, so we're in the same boat. So then, for those among you who like the idea of sending gifts to the antique aviation nuts in your family and within your favorite-friends venue, how about this: Prints of pencil or pen-and-ink sketches, 9" x 12", when mounted and framed attractively, make really cool interior decoration items for Neddie's bedroom or Dad's den. Would you pay $27.50 for an autographed print of a pencil or pen-and-ink sketch of a wild-and wooly dogfight, or a detailed portrait of the Fokker flown by, say, Baron Rigor von Mortis, or the Spad flown by Cap'n Eddie Ricketyback, or like that? (Twenty-five bucks of the price would be for the print, the additonal $2.50 would be for P&H.)

If you like this idea, please send me an e-mail at this address, saying simply: "Prints, YES." You'll not be ordering (that would require another step) but merely letting me know that you think the idea has merit and you might, some day when you're wondering what the heck to get Neddie for his birthday, place an order. If I get enough "Yeses," I'll go into production.

Thanks a whole big bunch, one and all.

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Speaking of prices, a collector friend forwarded me an announcement he'd received from an Australian auctioneer, informing one and all that he was now ready to sell the portable typewriter on which Adolf Hitler had written his infamous screed, Mein Kampf. The announcement described the machine and its authenticating documents, extolled its marvelous condition, and reminded one and all that this was indisputably a truly magnificent part of German history, which he is now offering at the opening price of $337,500.

I wonder if that includes P&H......

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