Stevie Wonder and Ted Hull, at typewriter


Accession Number: 2016.8.13

Description: BW, Stevie Wonder, his hair cut close to his scalp and wearing dark sunglasses, a dark sweater, and a white collared shirt, sits facing right with hands on Underwood Rythm Touch manual typewriter; sitting at right, is his tutor Ted Hull, perched on the edge of the desk and leaning over the typewriter with an open book and pencil in his hands; Hull wears thick glasses, a wool suit, shirt and tie; his dark hair is cut short and combed neatly; a sunny window is over-exposed in the background.

Medium: Photographic Paper

Date: ca. 1967

History/Provenance: A publicity shot by the Detroit Free Press taken in Ted Hull's apartment on Pingree St. near the Motown Studio in Detroit. Hull used it as a classroom when the pair was in Detroit. Ted Hull was hired by Motown Records in 1963 to serve as Stevie Wonder's traveling tutor and road manager. When Wonder was back in Michigan, he lived and attended class at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. The arrangement ended after Wonder's high school graduation in 1969.

Credit Line: Gift of Ted Hull, 2016.8