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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 37, September 10, 2006, Article 5

EXHIBIT MUSINGS FROM BOB RHUE

Bob Rhue writes: "I appreciate Alan Weinberg's kind words about
my three exhibits at the Denver ANA show:  Hawaiian Plantation
tokens (pg 376 of current Redbook); Horsecar tokens (1871 - approx
1910); & Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia (1776-1778) all at
the Denver ANA show.

For me it's 'pride of ownership' & a desire to share my collections
& information about them, that motivate me to exhibit. Leaving them
in a bank box just isn't quite as rewarding for me.

I love to introduce/interest people in my esoteric areas of collecting.
And like Alan says - newly interested people are likely candidates for
buying MY collection down the road.

A perfect example of that is my own experience 20 years ago:  Rad
Stearn's exhibited his collection of Colored Seal Georgia Colonial
Currency at an ANA show in the early or mid '80's & I was totally
taken in by their history & by the sheer beauty of the multicolored
vignettes, contrasting to the normal black & white printing on
virtually all other colonial currency.  A year or two later I happened
onto Bob Vlack at a NY show, who was offering his collection of these;
& I couldn't resist the opportunity to start with a bang a collection
of the 50 different pieces comprising this 'set' as I call it.  After
adding to & upgrading over the years I now have a collection I'm most
proud of & which I have exhibited a number of times. Not to mention
the 'fringe benefits' of inevitably developing a high level of
expertise in this area over the years, as well as developing the
comaraderie that comes with discussing & sharing with others an
area of deep interest.

At every show we attend we now devote most or all of one of our show
cases to fun things - just for 'show & tell'. Surprising how much
interest that generates in people who then decide they'd like to
collect some of those items themselves."

[On a related note, exhibitor George Fitzgerald writes: "That was my
Lesher dollar exhibit in Denver. Nelson was from Holdredge, Nebraska,
not Omaha." -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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