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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Hello Guys and Gals:

I understand that my book Building the PT Boats had just hit the market, but I am thinking about doing another book project. This second book will be one or the other, and this is where you guys come into play. I thought about doing a book about the PT Boats in the War Zone, showing the many photo's I have collected over the years of the boats in their actual element.

Along those lines, I also wanted to do a book about Elco and the pleasure craft years, from their first electric boats, the WW1 sub chasers, to the elegant Cruisers and Yachts, right through the Second World War and beyond, into 1949. Now, as PT Boat guys I would like to ask you, what would you like to see, and what would you think might attract more readers. I certainly can't do both at the moment, but don't want this to be just another PT Boat Book, although I do have materials to do both. I would appreciate your thoughts................


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I'd certainly buy either/both. Frankly (no pun intended), I think you'd reach a larger, more diverse readership if you went with the first one. You'd pique the interest of both military and civilian areas of interest.

If the book(s) format is to be similar to your current book, I hope you'll seek out a publisher who can do your work justice. Photos that look like they were printed on a home inkjet on matte paper are not particularly appealing.

Al Ross


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Frank,

Go for it.

As for the photos in your book ... I PERSONALLY do not think they are all that bad ...

They are clear enough so that you can readily see details.

As for the quality, yeah they COULD be better, sure ... but c'mon, they're not that bad. But, hey - that's me. What do I know?

Garth


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Frank,

If you go with option 1, there is a fellow who has done a lot of work on the civilian aspect of ELCO. I think his name is William Swan and I have some of his stuff (somewhere). You're welcome to use it if you wish. Also, Mystic Seaport has a lot of civilian ELCO material.

Looking forward to whatever you come up with.

Al Ross


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Al

I certainly appreciate any ducumentation you might have on the civilian side of the Electric Launch Company. Any photo's of the boats would also be a large help. I seem to remember someone who had been working on the civilian side of Elco, but lost track of him. Thanks again for your anticipated help............


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  David Waples

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All I can say Frank is go with your heart.
Dave

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Frank

I agree a War Zone book might attract wider interest, but as you point out, runs the risk of being just another PT boat book (but what's wrong with that?). My sentiments, of course, lie with the Elco book, which would fill more of a vacuum even though its appeal might be to a smaller niche market. Here's a bowling pin to get you started!


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I have been looking for one of those Bowling Pins for years Ed. Thanks all for your help in this matter............


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Frank,

Over the last few years I have seen a great deal of unique, never published, PT photographs pop upon the Internet. I beleive there is a great deal of war zone photography that has not been published that would be a welcome addition. I would also like to see crew photos published, these tend to have a bit of detail in them with respect to the configuration of each boat at specific points in time. In other words the background of these photographs is as interesting as the crews themselves. You may want to talk to Will Day, I beleive he has a large collection of these photos.

Another source for ELCO information is the book "The Legend of Electric Boat" by Jeffery L. Rodengen. The book is focused on submarines for obvious reasons, but there is content regarding ELCO in the book as well.

Billl

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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The biggest drawback I can see in an attempt to do a Book that deals with the boats in the War Zone, is trying to research the photographs. I know I have many shots that show no boat numbers, tents in some area, even Tenders that show no numbers. It is tough to find those that can remember where these shots were taken, so you run the risk of not having enough shots to fill a book. I do however feel I have more then enough shots to try the pleasure boat side of things. I think I love the aspect of doing both. We shall sleep on it more............


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