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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 14

INCOMPLETE CITATION -- INCOMPLETE MEMORIES

Dick Johnson writes: "I came across an incomplete citation
to a medal catalog this week.  Does anyone have a copy of
"NENA Medals" by Thomas B. Ross Jr.?   (It is not in ANS
or ANA libraries and I need date and place of publication
to complete my reference.)

"The name brought back a flood of memories. I met Tom in
high school (Maine Township High School, which served both
Park Ridge and Des Plains, Illinois). We shared the same
interests so became friends. He had a printing press in
his basement and also collected coins.

"Tom Ross spurred my interest in printing -- these were
the days of letterpress printing with handset type -- as
I spent hundreds of hours in his basement. He taught me
printing, setting type, locking up forms, running the press.
Two years later after my family moved back to Kansas City
after World War II I bought my own press, thousands of
pounds of type, and started printing in my high school
senior year (play tickets, programs, stationery, even
coin club membership cards).

"Tom moved to Connecticut, became active in New England
Numismatic Association, compiled and printed that NENA
Medal catalog, married, worked for a newspaper (another
shared interest) and ultimately moved to Enfield. I went
off to the Air Force, college, and worked for a newspaper
in Kansas City. Then came Coin World. Tom was one of my
first advertisers. He had a part-time business in rubber
stamps and sold these in his Coin World ads.

"After I moved east to work for Medallic Art Co, my family
visited his family once in Enfield. We exchanged Christmas
cards (he printed his own). But here my memory ends. Does
anyone know if Tom Ross is still active in numismatics?
Oh yes, can anyone tell me where I put my copy of Tom's
NENA Medals catalog?"

[I used to have a copy of the "NENA Medals" publication,
but it was part of a group I sold before my last move.
These are out there, so please let us know if you have one.
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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