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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 31, July 30, 2006, Article 38

ANA LIBRARIAN NABS NUMISMATIC LITERATURE MUTILATOR

MPCGram Editor Fred Schwan writes: "I seem to have missed the beginning
of the discussion on the mutilation of coin catalogs (and, I assume,
other printed numismatic pubs).

I have one recent little story that I can tell. At the recent American
Numismatic Association summer seminar library sale, I purchased a set
of Numismatic Scrapbook magazines 1941-1945 (less 1943). I paid all of
$1 per year.

I then had a great time in the library going through every issue. I
tore out any page that had anything to do with WWII emissions or WWII
collecting. I gathered a really nice pile of good stuff. I sure hope
that I get around to using the info. Anyway, I figured that this was
far cheaper and MUCH easier than making photocopies of the needed
pages.

Along the way Wendell Wolka piped up asking about articles and stories
about obsolete bank notes, so I tore some of those out for him too.

Well, when I finished, I threw the carcasses in the trash and went about
my business.  That night a roommate told me that I was in trouble with
the librarian! My trash had been found, an investigation conducted, and
a guilty verdict issued! I wondered what the crime was.

The next day I reported to the librarian and confessed my sin and begged
to know the crime. He said that I should not have thrown the waste in
the library trash.

I said, oh. Well, what could I say?

I have exaggerated only slightly for effect. I do not know if there
is a point to this or even if it relates to the discussion, but I offer
it anyway.

I will give one little clue to that research project.  I watched the
advertisements as well as the editorial material. I was interested in
such things as when the first Hawaii notes showed up in an ad and how
that related to when the first news reports on the subject."

[Aha!  So the Great Wolka is complicit in the dastardly crime!
40 minutes with their heads in the book press!  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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