Seligman: Edwin Robert Seligman (18611939), American economist; a former professor of political economy and finance at New Yorks Columbia University.
wordage: Dating from 1935, The Manuscript Factory, reflects LRH production and sales from his first professional year in the field. The bulk of stories referenced in this article date from 1933 and 1934, and effectively represent work from that period of honing for the market.
Harpers: one of the oldest and most highly regarded periodicals of literary and political interest.
Satevepost: popular American national magazine, Saturday Evening Post.
Center Street: address of police headquarters for lower Manhattan.
department letters: letters to the editorial departement of a magazine or newspaper.
trips: mistakes; blunders.
slicks: having to do with magazines printed on glossy paper and usually having some artistic or intellectual pretensions.
white wings: white wings: in reference to those working in New York City automats who served food and wore white long-sleeved coats.
Department of Commerce: In the 1930s the United States Department of Commerce was responsible for the testing and issuing of pilot licenses.
Florence McChesney: Editor of Five Novels Monthly.
spar trees: the tree-like arrangement of the round timbers used for extending sails on masts of multi-masted sailing vessels.
Bloomfield, Howard: editor of Adventure magazine.
Elkton marrying parson: reference to Elkton, Maryland where marriages were performed with little formality and legal requirements.
L: an elevated railway once in existence in New York.
slicks: magazines printed on glossy paper and usually having some artistic or intellectual pretensions.
Big Five: reference to the publishers Popular, Standard, Munsey, Dell, Street & Smith.
submission: This figure is reflective of the LRH acceptance rate as of the late 1930s, or when he had established himself at the forefront of popular fiction.
Seven Sisters: Exxon, Mobil, Chevron, Texaco, Gulf, Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum.