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A handwritten letter from Joseph K. Williams addressed to the editors of the Pennsylvania Dutchman, dated April 28, 1954. Within, Williams provides a biographical account of artist Frederick Sands Brunner, noting highlights of his career. Williams requests that the Dutchman publish an article about Brunner in honor of his death.


Joseph K. Williams


Editors of the Pennsylvania Dutchman

Corresponds to:

Packet MF-6-11


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Phila. Pa.

April 28, 54

The Pennsylvania Dutchman.

Along with my check for the new Dutchman, I’m sending a little write up about the death of a very fine Penna. Dutchman, F. Sands Brunner the artist.

The Reading Eagle and Boyertown Democrat, both have published very nice accounts and I trust that you will see fit to do the same in the Dutchman, and if so, feel free to enlarge upon it as you may care to.

Yours very truly

Jos K. Williams

925 S. 54th St.

Famed Pennsylvania Dutch Artist Dies

F. Sands Brunner, Philadelphia commercial artist and portrait painter died April 21st aged 67.

Born in Boyertown, Berks Co. Pa., he was the nephew of the late Dr. Frank Brunner, excerpts of whose writings have appeared in pages of the Dutchman on numerous occasions.

At a very early age it was discovered that Fred had phenomenal artistic talent. He attended the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art, and after graduation, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

For many years he was associated with the art department of the Curtis Publishing Co. where his work in the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal Etc. soon won national acclaim. For about thirty years had operated his own studio and had greatly enlarged his scope, his cover work having appeared on many leading magazines.

Perhaps his most noted portrait was that of Gen. Carl Spaatz former head of the U.S. Army Airforces, his boyhood friend and neighbor, while his display adds for the Coca Cola, Ginger ale and other companies have been seen the world over.

From its very beginning Mr. Brunner was an enthusiastic reader of Dutchman, and had often said “Boys! That magazine is wonderful good.” He had given serious thought as to making some pictures of P. D. motif as his contribution to its publication. He took great interest in early Pennsylvania history. He will be greatly missed by a host of friends and admirers.

A truly grand Pennsylvania Dutchman.

Jos K. Williams



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Letter From Joseph K. Williams to the Editors of the Pennsylvania Dutchman, April 28, 1954



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