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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 18, May 6, 2007, Article 29

BLOG: ALAN BLEVISS ON U.S. CIVIL WAR TOKENS

Dave Perkins writes: "I noted a typo in last week's E-Sylum, as follows,
"Ephemera dealer Marty Weil published a nice, lengthy entry on his
'ephemera' blog this week interviewing Alan Bleviss on the collecting of
U.S. Civil War Tokens.  Last week Alan stated, "There exists a merchant
from Detroit, Dr. I.C. Rose whose token reads TREATS ALL CHRONIC FEMALE
& VENEREAL DISEASES, DETROIT, it had to be advertising!""

"This Detroit Store Card token was issued by Dr. L. C. Rose, not Dr. I. C.
Rose.  The 'L' stands for Levi per multiple sources, including Detroit
City Directories, the Michigan Gazetteer and Silas Farmer's History of
Detroit and Michigan.  The Dr. Rose token is popular and relatively
expensive Detroit Civil War Store Card, with circulated examples selling
in the $500-1,000 range, and higher depending upon condition.

"Page 50 in the Farmer book has a page on "Doctors," including our Levi
Rose.  E-Sylum readers may find a couple of the entries interesting:

"The earlier physicians carried medicines and little scales, weighing
out their prescriptions at the houses of their patients, and their long
cures, powdered hair, and ruffled shirt-fronts enforced the respect
which their profession commanded.  In his relation to their personal
well-being, the doctor often comes to be esteemed and reverenced among
men as much as the pastor.  His touch and his tread become known and
loved, and his questions and his quassia even are longed for.  The names
of some of the physicians of the past are 'as ointment poured forth,'
and their memory lingers like the perfume of cedars; strength and grace
were theirs.  Among the most widely known of the physicians of former
days were the following: […L. C. Rose… was included among quite a few
names listed.]

The physicians now resident in Detroit are located conveniently all over
the city.  Many of them are established on and near Lafayette Avenue,
and those desiring treatment by any of the popular "pathies" of the day
can be accommodated."

"I have submitted an article that will be published in the next issue of
the Civil War Token Journal on another Detroit Civil War Store Card issuer.
Per my research, this token issuer was located in Fisher's Block, Detroit
as was Dr. L. C. Rose.  (Fisher’s Block was located at the NE Corner of
Campus Martius and Woodward Avenue). This token issuer married Dr. Rose's
first daughter! This information came from the great-grandson of the
token issuer and will remain a secret for a little longer, unless you
can guess which merchant it is prior to the article being published.

"I enjoyed reading the interview with Alan in the blog.  Thanks for
including the link to the article last week."

To read the complete blog entry, see:
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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