Emails About Research of Hank Williams
From: Wayne Chandler
Hi, was wondering if you knew how many "The Oracle" yearbooks were sold in 1939. I just came across one that has a listing and picture of Hiram "Hank" Williams on page 60. It took me 2 years to find one.
Good Morning Wayne,
This is a surprise. Since Hank only attended Lanier through October, I would not expect you to find a photo. Is it an activity shot?
To answer your question I do not have a publication number. We have 334 classmates listed for the seniors. There were 576 in the class of 1940 and 539 in the class of 1941. The print run would be no more than 2,500 and could be as few as 1,500. If the print run was based on orders only, then it could have been less than 1,000 Oracles printed.
Thanks for the update and good luck with your valuation of the book. The photo may be valuable in and of itself. Keep me posted.
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Thank you for the email. And thanks for the numbers. I appreciate it.
I have been searching 2 years for this yearbook. And yes they are rare.
All of the professional booksellers listed online have not had any for sale in the last 2 years. Because this is the only yearbook Hank appears in and the rarity, and the fact that none are for sale anywhere, I estimate the price to be at least $300 possible up to $500. (supply and demand).
If I decide to sell it, I'll let you know what I get for it.
Yes, Hank "Hiram" Williams is listed on page 60 of the 1939 Oracle and is in a group photo of the sophomore class on the same page. He is on the second row from the back toward the middle but slightly right of center. He is in a white shirt and tie. It appears that he wore glasses at that time, which is common of other Hank pictures from that time. It helps with a magnifier glass.
Beth Petty owner manager of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery confirmed this for me. She also mentions this yearbook on her website and she has one in the Museum. Her website is "The Hank Williams Museum
Thanks again Stan,
Wayne from Mobile