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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 17

SHORT SNORTER EXHIBIT AT CENTRAL STATES SHOW

As a result of an earlier E-Sylum article I've recently fielded
queries about "Short Snorters."  I enlisted the help of Joe Boling,
co-author of "World War II Remembered".

Joe writes: "Short snorters were invented by airmen making hops to
various countries - it became a way to keep souvenirs of where you
had been. Frequently, the notes were signed by other members of the
crew (if a multi-engine aircraft). Eventually other servicemen became
aware of them and started keeping souvenirs also. In the case of
ground troops, it was a lot easier to have buddies sign the notes.

"Collectors value short snorters that are dated and have locations
indicated, as that gives us information about circulation patterns
for notes during the war. There have been many articles on short
snorters published over the years, but no definitive research that
I recall."

"I am now at the Central States convention. One of the competitive
exhibits is about short snorters. It says that the term originally
applied to the flyer himself, and only later came to be applied to
the notes that were being signed and retained. It also has an issue
of Paper Money (the journal of the SPMC, Soc of PM Collectors) as
part of the exhibit - whole number 216, Nov-Dec 2001. You should
see this exhibit - seven cases of fabulous short snorters."

[Many thanks to Joe for his assistance on this topic.
Did any other E-Sylum readers get to see the exhibit?
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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