Bob Cochran writes: "I enjoyed the latest "E-Sylum," as usual,
especially the comments by the folks who keep trying to nail
down the "proper" name for us poor unfortunates who collect
"paper." I've been collecting currency and related items for
about 30 years now, and I've come to the conclusion that the
"fancy" (and probably CORRECT) terms are RARELY IF
EVER used in the "real world." I still think Gene Hessler's
"Syngraphist" is probably the most etymologically correct
word to describe someone who "collects paper money," but
it's not heard that often.
Neil Shafer's impressive "Exographica" certainly SOUNDS
correct, but I'm afraid if I described myself using that word
in THIS part of the country, I might wind up in a couple of
photos (attractive front AND side views) with numbers
under my chin.
So I just tell folks that "I collect paper money and stuff like
that." It usually gets the point across, and the dealers pull
out their stack of "stuff" and away we go."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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