The E-Sylum v6#48, November 9, 2003
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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 6, Number 48, November 9, 2003:
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Copyright (c) 2003, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
Dave Bowers writes: "The George Kolbe situation reminds
me once again how caring and sharing numismatists can be.
We are all delighted that for George the scenario ended
safely, and are sad that for others it did not. I've sent a few
e-mails to him, and now I know that they won't be delivered
until his service is restored. I can just see him looking at
his screen and finding 1,001 messages, none of them about
bidding on books!"
George Kolbe writes: "Dear Wayne, When Alan Meghrig
told me that four special issues of The E-Sylum had largely
been devoted to providing updates on the wildfire affecting
Crestline, I irreverently replied: "Only four?" In truth, Linda
and I were entirely taken by surprise over the outpouring of
concern and good wishes expressed in the E-Sylum issues,
voice mail messages, and emails received from all over the
world. We did not know we had so many caring friends.
Thank you all.
On Saturday morning, October 25th, I received a call from
a neighbor who said that a fire had just started in Old
Waterman Canyon, but a few miles away as the proverbial
crow flies. I quickly walked across the street and did see a
small fire at the base of the canyon. The road through
Waterman Canyon was established in the early 1850s by
Mormons, who, under the direction of Brigham Young,
established a large settlement in San Bernardino, today the
large city directly below Crestline. Soon, sawmills were
established in Crestline (so renamed after being inelegantly
termed 'Fly Camp' during 1870s mining days) to provide
lumber for the burgeoning Mormon community. Returning
to recent events, within an hour or less the fire was raging
and we started packing boxes and filling the car. Later in
the day, my son George came by after packing his
belongings and we packed more boxes and loaded them
in his truck. Early that evening we visited George and his
wife Susy's home, a mile away, and discovered a raging
'crown' fire a thousand feet away. Crown fires are dreaded
by firefighters because they are largely incapable of
containment. Trees well over a hundred feet high were
enveloped in flame on the top of the mountain. Within a
minute or two, police arrived and ordered mandatory
evacuation. On the way back home, several fire trucks
passed to fight the fire [later we learned that it had been
just set and was not part of the main fire] and, across the
valley from us, we could see a whole convoy of police
cars coming up the main road to Crestline. By the time
we arrived home, vehicles were driving by with bullhorns
blaring mandatory evacuation orders. My daughter Jennifer
and son-in-law Tim, who live a mile away in the other
direction, had arrived in the interim, and the six of us, along
with three dogs, and a cat, got in our four vehicles and
traveled the back way out of Crestline, then back to San
Bernardino, where we met in a restaurant parking lot.
Lodging was already unavailable locally and we traveled to
the nearby city of Riverside to spend the night in a rundown
hotel. The following day, Tim's parents Claude and Margaret
(who live in an area of San Bernardino evacuated early the
previous day), graciously invited us to stay with them and,
for the next few days, we watched the surrounding mountains
burn and fruitlessly sought specific information about what was
happening in Crestline. Within a half mile or so of our hosts'
home, the first day of the fire had completely destroyed several
hundred homes. Sometimes a house and surrounding yard
would be entirely intact, while around it husks of cars and
chimneys were the only things standing. Humbling, to say the
least. I won't go on. From here, major events are chronicled
in The E-sylum. Needless to say, we've rescheduled our
November 13th auction sale, and I'll close by citing the notice
on our web site:
Auction Sale 92 has been postponed
NEW CLOSING DATE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2003
The Southern California wildfires have worked their way and
we are grateful that we are all well and that our office, home,
and the homes of our children are still intact. Our deepest
thanks are extended to all who expressed their concern during
this difficult period.
WE REQUEST THAT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SENT
BIDS CONFIRM THEM BY MAIL, TELEPHONE, FAX, OR EMAIL
Wayne, we owe a special thanks to you!
George, Linda, and family "
WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
Last week I asked, "If you could save just one item from
your numismatic library, what would it be, and why?" Here
are some of your responses:
Tom DeLorey writes: "My autographed copy of Taxay's
"The U.S. Mint and Coinage." It is my favorite numismatic
work. Second choice would be Vermeule's "Numismatic
Art in America."
Denis Loring writes: "My copy of Penny Whimsy, which
I 've had since I started collecting large cents in the 1960's.
It's autographed by Sheldon, Paschal, and (with a full-page
inscription) Breen. The book is heavily annotated and falling
apart from use. It's obviously not the most valuable item in
my library, but certainly links to the most memories."
Bruce Perdue writes: "Regarding your question in the v06n47
E-Sylum as to what book one might take while leaving a
burning house: Since I don't have any valuable numismatic
books, or valuable books period, (although I do have a number
of first additions) I'd grab my checkbook."
Dick Johnson writes: "One item? One book? How about
one shelf, or one bookcase? Then I realized almost everything
can be replaced. Then I got to thinking. What do I have that
is unique, really irreplaceable? My own manuscripts? They are
still in the computer. Jerk the cords off the CPU and throw it
out the window to be retrieved later. Grab the backup disks.
To answer your question: The one book I would save because
it is irreplaceable is The Fantastic 1804 Dollar one of the rare
first edition -- that was the only copy signed by both authors in
two different cities on the same day. Sixteen copies were
delivered to Ken Bressett at an ANA convention in Detroit. He
gave me a copy because I was flying back to Kansas City that
day with a stopover in St. Louis. If Eric Newman could meet
me at the airport I would deliver his first copy. Both authors
signed my copy. Thats irreplaceable."
Ralf Böpple of Stuttgart, Germany writes: "The most important
numismatic book for me was the 1995 North American Coins
& Prices. Although outdated, heavily annotated and earmarked,
it still holds a special place on my bookshelf. Why? While I
surely cherish each and every item in my library, I would not be
where I am today if I had not discovered the world of Mexican
numismatics through this catalog (and this even though the
fascinating world of Mexican Revolutionary coinage is not even
covered!). And from there I wandered off into the world of
auction catalogs, special references, pamphlets, die studies,
coffee table books, mint reports, periodicals, etc. Not to forget
the non-numismatic part of Mexican, world, economic and bank
So while it was not the first book or catalog on coins I
possessed, it was the one that laid the foundation of the collecting
and study interest I am pursuing today. And I still love to go back
to the book and look at the innocent comments and annotations I
made there at a time when I, as am absolute beginner, knew
absolutely nothing about the subject."
Bob Christie writes: "In response to the question asking which
book to save from your library if faced with the disaster of the
California fires; the first one that popped into my head was The
Standard Catalogue of Encased Postage Stamps since I collect
them and any memorabilia connected to them plus the fact that I
like the simple easy way it's written. But then I thought that in
such a situation, I'd want something unique, meaningful, and
brings back memories. In 2000 I attended the ANA summer
seminar in Colorado Springs, brought the American Numismatic
Association Anthology (which was written to celebrate the l00th
Anniversary of the ANA) with me and had many people autograph
it. With a clear mind, that's probably what I'd choose. However,
in such a situation, who thinks clearly?"
Your editor was dying to know, so I put the question directly to
George Kolbe, who actually lived this nightmare scenario. He
"To respond to your query, not counting personal items such as
clothing, financial records, photo albums, and other treasured
belongings (including our two dogs), we were able to take 21
banker's boxes of books with us. Seven of them contained GFK
stuff, including runs of our fixed price lists and auction
Early numismatic bibliographies were packed in another carton
and, from there on, it was pretty much whatever came to view.
The remaining fourteen boxes were packed with items from the
John J. Ford, Jr. library, mainly the highlights of items already
catalogued, along with an extensive run of plated large format
Chapman sales being readied for cataloguing. As items in both
categories were being placed back on our shelves, many
"shoulda taken" items were noted. I know it sounds self-serving
but I could have stood the loss of my own material; as to the
Ford library and other significant consignments on hand . . ."
JOHN J. FORD LIBRARY UPDATE
George Kolbe writes: "An update on some of the more
interesting items in the John J. Ford, Jr. Library, catalogued
up to October 25, 2003, follows. This report was being
finalized two weeks ago when fate intervened, and we are
most pleased that it remains relevant.
The Bid Book of the Chapman brothers' 1903 Disbrow
and Friedman Fractional Currency sale
The Bid Book of the Chapman brothers' 1904 Ralph Barker
sale with Plates, including two additional plates virtually unknown
Storelli's Extremely Rare 1896 Work on Jean-Baptiste
A 1771 Mexico City Mint Ordinance, comprising Rules and
Regulations of the First Mint in the New World
A fine example of S. H. Chapman's 1909 Zug sale with Plates,
intact in the original gilt-printed pictorial paper covers
A superb example of S. H. Chapman's 1923 Beckwith sale
with Plates, with a letter from Chapman to Virgil Brand
reading in part: "The plates in the Beckwith are, I think, the
finest I have ever taken"
A superb example of S. H. Chapman's 1921 Henderson sale
with Plates, in Original State
The Bid Book of Henry Chapman's 1908 A. N. A. Sale
The Bid Book of the Chapman brothers' 1904 Charles Morris
sale with Plates
The Bid Book of the Chapman brothers' 1897 CM. A. Brown
sale with one of only two surviving sets of Photographic Plates
The Bid Book of the Chapman brothers' 1895 Chaloner sale
A large collection of Heath Counterfeit Detectors, both Pocket
and Banking & Counting House Editions, including a deluxe
Leatherbound Edition and two Household Editions
Works on British medals and decorations, including Creagh &
Humphris, Tancred, Payne, Mayo, et al.
A very fine set of Mason's Coin and Stamp Collectors' Magazine
A very fine copy of Eckfeldt & Du Bous' 1849 Manual of Gold
and Silver Coins, the first edition to contain samples of '49er Gold
A set of 1945 Photographs of George Clapp's Large Cents
A Specially Printed Second Edition of Bushnell's 1859
"First three Business Tokens," the first we've seen
An extremely rare Leatherbound Edition of Raymond's "United
States Gold Coins of the Philadelphia and Branch Mints,"
featuring a record of Waldo Newcomer's collection of double eagles
A "Mint" example of S. H. Chapman's 1913 Lyman Sale with
Plates; also, the Lyman Sale Bid Book with Plates
A lovely example of Ormsby's 1852 Description of the Present
System of Bank Note Engraving
A Very Fine 1923 Edition of Chapman on 1794 cents
A Deluxe Leatherbound Edition of Newcomb's Cents of the
Years 1801-1802-1803, Ex Henry Hines and Homer Downing
A Deluxe Leatherbound Edition of Clapp's Cents of the Years
1798-1799. Copy No. 3, Inscribed to Henry Hines
A superb example of F. C. C. Boyd's Deluxe Leatherbound
Browning on Quarter Dollars, One of Only Five Issued
An Original 1969 Showers Half Cent Inventory, No. 10 of only
12 issued with photographic plates
A 1944 Leatherbound Newcomb work on late dates, inscribed
by the Stacks "To Johnie Ford."
Copy No. 1 of the Deluxe Leatherbound Beistle Book on
Early Half Dollars, Inscribed to Colonel Green
An Inscribed copy of Herrera's Classic Work on Proclamation
Early Mint Reports and Documents, one concerning "The
probability of the abolition of the mint establishment"
The Bid Book of J. Schulman's 1930 Amsterdam sale of the
Fernand David Collection of "The Coins and Medals of America"
A Superbly Bound set of Phillips' 1865-1866 "Historical
Sketches of the Paper Currency of the American Colonies"
A Superb Plated Beckwith Sale With Plates, including a
letter from Beckwith to Henry Hines, reading in part: "You
ask why I am parting with my coins. I am not going to try to
pull off any moth eaten stuff about failing eyesight or interested
along other lines. The plain unadulterated truth is I need the
money. That is I don't feel as if I can afford to keep so much
money tied up. I have succeeded in bringing together a
collection which suited my fancy and I can't go much further
without going into minute varieties and that I don't want to do."
A "Near New" example of a Plated Alvord Half Cent Sale
A Very Fine Copy No. 4 of Gilbert's 1916 work on half
cents, ex libris Wayte Raymond
The 1751 Edition of William Douglass's "Discourse
Concerning the Currencies of the British Plantations in America"
Five Superb American Bond Detectors: One with a rare variety
of the coin plates; one beautifully bound in full morocco, and one
a "Salesman's Sample"
Thomas Elder's rare Plated 1910 Gilbert Sale, with the Coin
Plate Legends Fully Intact
A Very Fine Example of Thian's 1880 "Register of the
Confederate Debt"; One of Only Five Copies, and by far the
finest of the three that we have seen
Homer Downing's 1945 Newcomb Cent Sale With
Spencer M. Clark's Letter Record of the National Currency
Bureau, June 10, 1863 to March 2, 1864
The Bid Book of Lyman Low's 1907 Hays-Phelps Sale of
SO WHERE ARE THOSE DEUTSCHMARK COINS?
"With kindest regards from Stuttgart," Ralf Böpple writes:
"To the subject of the nostalgic Germans, which has been
commented on in various newspapers over here, there is
one doubt I have about the comparison of the number of
coins in circulation (49 billion pieces) and still outstanding
(25 billion pieces). Nobody I know or have spoken to set
aside a considerable amount of deutschmark coins, while
the lines at the Bundesbank branches with people handing
in old coins and currency were enormous in the first months.
So I really wonder where the 25 billion coins in discussion
might be. The biggest part should be the millions and millions
of commemorative coins and mint sets that were issued
during the deutschmark decades. Or somebody out there is
hoarding a very, very big treasure... "
Gary Trudgen, Editor of The Colonial Newsletter, forwarded
the following information about the upcoming issue:
"The December 2003 issue of The Colonial Newsletter (CNL)
has been published. This issue consists of an in-depth study of
the money used in the 14th Colony, or Nova Scotia, during the
years 1711 to 1783.
Authored by Dr. Philip Mossman, the study serves as an
addendum to his 1993 book titled "Money of the American
Colonies and Confederation." Phil states that the monetary
history of mainland British North America would be misleading
if only those colonies which form the nucleus of present-day
United States were studied. Thus the reason why he researched
and wrote this comprehensive paper.
Nova Scotia, which was carved out of former French Acadia,
is all but forgotten even though it formed an integral part of the
Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1691 to 1749. This study
traces the monetary history of Nova Scotia which was closely
linked to the New England economy for over a half-century. It
reviews the documentary evidence summarized by Adam Shortt
in his 1933 work on the currency, exchange and finance in Nova
Scotia and relates this material to other resources and the
economies of the lower 13 colonies. The paper describes the
Massachusetts paper money and the various coins which were
current in Nova Scotia during the period. The coins recovered
from archeological sites and old French and Loyalist settlements
are described and illustrated. The role of Nova Scotia in the
American Revolution and the subsequent Loyalist migration are
CNL is published three times a year by The American Numismatic
Society, Broadway at 155th Street, New York, NY 10032.
For inquires concerning CNL, please contact Juliette Pelletier at
the preceding postal address or e-mail pelletier at amnumsoc.org or
telephone (212) 234-3130 ext. 243."
REJECTING THE NEW TWENTY
An article published October 30, 2003 in The Cincinnati Enquirer
says that many machines are rejecting the new U.S. $20 bills.
"The problem is that the new 20s started circulating before the
manufacturers of slot machines, automated payment machines
and even ATMs were able to upgrade the software in all of their
machines to recognize the new bills.
"This has become a routine problem in our industry,'' Larry Buck,
general manager at the Belterra Casino Resort in Switzerland
County, Ind., said. "It happens every time the government issues
a new bill.''
"It's a time-consuming process, but it's pretty much all we're
going to be doing in the slot machine area this week and next
week,'' Buck said.
A spokesman for the Argosy Casino in Lawrenceburg, Ind., said
about 80 percent of the casino's 2,200 slot machines have been
upgraded with new software and all the machines should accept
the new $20 bills within several weeks."
Meanwhile, Kroger said it will take about six weeks for the
company that manufactures its self-checkout machines to
"There's a cashier there (at the self-checkout lanes) anyway, so
there's really no inconvenience for our customers,'' Gary Rhodes,
a Kroger spokesman, said. "They can go to the cashier and
exchange their new bills for the old 20s and then use the machine.''
"Vending machine manufacturers received test decks of currency
to try out on their software and hardware.
But nobody thought about the automated payment machines
until the first calls started coming in to the bureau after the new
currency was put into circulation."
To read the full story, see:
SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL NUMISMATICS
Len Harsel writes: "According to my membership card, it is the
Society for International Numismatics. Didn't they merge with
the Organization for International Numismatics (OIN)?
Both seem to have disappeared."
Russ Rulau writes: "I have no idea whether the Society for
International Numismatics still exists, but I was a member for
many years and was the recipient of its Silver Medal of Merit
one year in the late 1980's for "excellence in cataloging." It
was a Los Angeles-area club formed by the late James
Betton, E. Carolyn Nestrick, Pauline Ney, Max Wedertz
and other scholarly numismatists interested in world coinage
in the 1960's when there were relatively few such groups in
Its periodical, SINformation, was worthwhile. I assume
the group may have died off, as I received no membership
renewal notice for many years now. SIN used to stage its
own coin shows, some quite large and interesting. Betton and
Ney I know are gone, but perhaps someone in the Greater
Los Angeles area can find clues to its demise, if in fact it has
dissolved. It was a really fine bunch of coin folks, a bit
reserved but deeply involved in the hobby. Its logo was a
red devil, a play on its acronym."
David Klinger writes: "As far as I know, this "club" is still
active. It is listed by the ANA on their web site: www.money.org
SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL NUMISMATICS
P.O. Box 5207, Sherman Oaks CA 91413
CONTACT: Phil Iversen, TEL: 818-788-1129
E-mail: phil_inversen at yahoo.com
MEETING: 2nd Sunday 2:00PM
Santa Monica Main Library, 6th & SM Blvd, Santa Monica,
[An email sent to that address bounced, but E-Sylum subscriber
Greg Burns set me straight - there was a typo in the address.
Greg writes: "SIN is still active and meets the second Saturday
of every month at the Santa Monica (CA) Public Library."
[No reply yet from Iverson, though. -Editor]
Andy Lustig writes: "I must say that I'm uncomfortable with
the Society for International Numismatics' definition of
"Pseudonumia". Walk into any coin show and most coin
shops and you are quite likely to encounter a pseudonumismatist
or two. Invariably, these pseudonumismatists know little about
"Pseudonumia". [These definitions were borrowed from
Howard Daniel's web site. -Editor]
WEB SITE AND BOOK PRODUCTION IN VIETNAM
From Viet Nam, Howard A. Daniel III writes: "No one will
receive a scolding email from me, while I am here in my home
office in Ho Chi Minh City or elsewhere, for spreading
information to everyone. I am very, very happy to see
definitions in my web site's Glossary passed on to other people
Speaking of the web site, I have had several people working
on it in Virginia but none of them has produced what I want
to see for a web site. I am now working with a web site
development firm here in Ho Chi Minh City that is owned by
a Singaporean gentleman who is married to a Vietnamese lady.
I was interviewed by him for over two hours and he sent me a
preliminary sample that looks really, really good. The price is
also right so we will have a second meeting and I hope to have
a new web site in operation before the end of the month that I
can start filling up with more definitions I find to be more
accurate and/or interesting than others, and, of course,
Southeast Asian financial instruments, a Southeast Asia
bibliography, sources, etc., etc.
I also visited a book printer here and will be using him for my
next book; "Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Coins and Currency."
This printer did the completely in color "100 Years of Vietnamese
Currency" book that was produced by the Ho Chi Minh City
Stamp Association (HCMCSA). He was recommended to
me and he showed me some of his products that meet my color,
size and quality requirements. He did all of his calculations in
front of me and did not hide his costs or add a large percentage
to it. He also showed me his shipping contact and rates for
shipping to various cities in the United States via air or sea. I
am going to ship via sea to keep the costs down for the retail
price of the book. I am impressed with him and will be doing
business with him.
After I visited the printer, two of the leading members of the
HCMCSA visited me at my home. They offered me all of the
support I needed in finding pieces missing from my collection
for the illustrations, and assistance with the Vietnamese-language
half of the book. During my visit to the printer, I also had Miss
Yen with me. She will be my employee and representative here
when I am not in Viet Nam, but eventually, she will have a
business of her own to take care of others wanting to print
books in Viet Nam. I have already been contacted by two
other people requesting information about the lower printing
costs and once I complete this book, I will contact them and
tell them about my experience and the costs. I think they will
be quite surprised with the very low costs to produce a color
book here in Viet Nam."
HALF CENT DATA SOUGHT
Robert Yuell is seeking the some information about U.S.
half cents from the following catalogs:
Superior, Shore, 1/30/88:31
Need grade and price (1795 C4)
B&M, Silberman, 11/16/88:6009
Need grade and price (1795 C6b)
Superior, Fraser, 2/1/82:233
Need grade and price (1800 C1)
Need day of sale, grade and price (1802 C1)
Need day of sale, grade and price (1803 C1)
ANA Heritage, 1995:5565
Need full date, grade and price (1806 C1)
Need grade and price (1809 C1)
First Coin Investors, 1/1977
Need day of sale,lot #,grade and price (1829 C1)
Rob's email address is Robyue at aol.com
ANS BOOKS ON DEMAND
Ed Snible writes: "I recently discovered that most of the
'out-of-print' American Numismatic Society publications
can be purchased in facsimile form from the microfilm
publisher 'Books On Demand.' I've been told (by a BOD
customer) that the quality is similar to a xerox copy. The
prices start at $30, with the longer publications costing
much more. I haven't ordered anything yet myself, but the
arrangement seems like a great boon to scholars having
difficulty locating scarce originals. I counted 181 out-of-print
ANS titles on BOD's web page, which is
http://wwwlib.umi.com/bod/search/basic . (The in-print
books are of course still available from the David Brown
[Ed originally published this note on the AmNumSoc-L and
Moneta-L mailing lists. He'd planned to mention B.O.D. on
E-Sylum after getting more feedback, but he agreed to
publish it now. I should mention here that I owe Ed an
apology for misspelling his name last week in the item regarding
the new Amazon search feature. -Editor]
Ed adds: "Sebastian Heath at the ANS was surprised himself
to find out about BOD. The ANS signed up for the program
in 1974 when it was a microfilm-only venture. They had
forgotten about the program! They are reviewing the
Jim Schell said (on Moneta-L) "My experience using Books
on Demand for the ANS Numismatic Notes and Monographs
series has been mixed. The copies are near original size and
the text is clear. The plates are the quality of a rather poor
photocopy. Eventually, I had to purchase the original works
on the secondary market to obtain usable images. Additionally,
when I ordered a copy of Nancy Waggonner's dissertation
addressing Alexander's mint at Babylon, the plates were not
available, having been retained by her institution. Hope this helps."
A recent Wall Street Journal book review by Alan Pell
Crawford discusses a new book about America's founding
fathers and slavery, titled "Great Men in Black and White"
It mentions a lottery run by George Washington. Often
early colonial lottery tickets find their way into colonial
currency collections because of their similarity to currency
of the day. Many were printed by the same printers who
produced official notes.
"In April 1769, George Washington helped set up a lottery
to pay the debts of a fellow Virginia planter who had
overextended himself, as large slaveholders often did. Among
the creditors were Washington's Custis stepchildren, and it
was as their guardian that Washington helped run the raffle,
advertised in The Virginia Gazette.
Among the "prizes" were people -- though slaves were hardly
regarded as such in that time and place."
"Thirty years later, with just six months left to live, Washington
had come to regard such trade in his fellow human beings as a
great evil and tried to do something about it. Alone among the
slave-holding Founders, Washington freed his slaves, if
The following web pages discuss early lottery history and
picture some colonial-era lottery tickets.
BOOK STORAGE OPTION: THE ANA LIBRARY
Howard A. Daniel III writes: "One of my personal projects in
numismatics to have the numismatic libraries of several different
societies transferred to the American Numismatic Association
Library. Several societies of which I am a member are without
facilities and a volunteer member(s) must store, process and
care for their libraries. The libraries eventually grow too large
for an individual member to handle and the librarian has to find
a solution or requests that it be transferred to someone else who
can handle all of it. And then there is often not a volunteer
member to take charge of the library.
This problem happened with the USA part of the International
Bank Note Society (IBNS) Library and Joe Boling and I worked
on the problem and convinced the IBNS board to transfer it to
the ANA Library. The ANA Library is a lending library and
we did not want the library in one where research could only be
done in the library.
The IBNS books are professionally shelved and cared for by
librarians and when IBNS members want to borrow them (or
any ANA book too!), they contact the library and request that
they be mailed to them. I would very much like to see the
Numismatics International (NI) Libraries transferred to the
ANA Library. I cannot answer Granvyl's question about the
storage of books, but I wanted to throw out this suggestion to
him and other NI members and hope the NI Libraries can be
transferred to the ANA, or at least those headed for storage."
IF YOU DON'T WANT TO STORE BOOKS, GIVE 'EM AWAY
Larry Mitchell writes: "If you love your books, set them free!"
He included the following web address:
From the web site:
"What is BookCrossing, you ask? It's a global book club that
crosses time and space. It's a reading group that knows no
geographical boundaries. Do you like free books? How about
free book clubs?. Well, the books our members leave in the
wild are free... but it's the act of freeing books that points to
the heart of BookCrossing. Book trading has never been more
exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our
goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing
is a book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its
[Basically, the concept is similar to the Where's George? web
site where people can record the serial number of U.S. notes
that pass through their hands. This site does the same for books.
The idea is to pass you book along to someone else, or leave it
in a public place where a stranger could find it. Subsequent
readers then record their thoughts on the web site and pas the
book along once more.
This would be an interesting way to distribute coin books to
potential hobbyists. -Editor]
Regarding the title of Joel Orosz' article in the next Asylum,
Dave Bowers writes: "Eeek! What is this "The Printer's Devil:
Bowers, Books and Bloviation?" I thought whenever I bloviated
it was done in the highest professional manner. I hope it is
presented in a nice manner. Now, to the OED to see what it
Joel Orosz replies: "Dave, you should rest easy. You never
bloviated in your life! The article is a meditation upon the
historical ramifications of the events of last spring. Hint:
does anyone remember who succeeded Lou Gehrig at first
base for the Yankees? "Bloviate" is a verb coined, I believe,
by H. L. Mencken. It connotes those who hype or ballyhoo."
To which Dave responded: "Is that about Tinker, Evers, and
Chance? The Cynic's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, if I
recall correctly,gives lots of good info. Is it the one with
Bathtub for twins: Bothtub?
So much humor, so little time!"
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dick Johnson writes: "In his token books, Russ Rulau
tells how Wesley S. Cox Sr. made a study of letter punches
to identify which diesinker made what early American
token by the characteristics of the punched letters on
specimen tokens. Rulau even acquired Cox's notebooks
of these microphotos.
If Cox had made his study in the U.K. would he have
studied Pinches' punches?"
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