In an art form now almost lost with the advent of the Internet and cellphones, Harry Ferman took time to write letters, draw sketches and endear himself to thousands of Wichitans.
From 1929 through 1960, Ferman, an editorial artist for The Wichita Beacon, enthralled his audience with his tongue-in-cheek humor and soft-spoken personality.
A collection of his letters and drawings are housed in the Wichita State University libraries' special collections.
His letters were unusual, the kind of things you wouldn't throw away. His humor was subtle and precious. Even the envelopes were worth saving — he always drew on them.
Picture a little man walking the seal of an envelope with bow and arrow drawn. The flip side showed a bear hiding behind a rock.
Or the well-known Camel cigarette logo — transformed with the camel's hump protruding from the animal's stomach.
And countless newspaper headlines he clipped through the years to send to friends. For example: "California Buys Hell, Will Pave it."
Question: What were fans of Harry Ferman known as?
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