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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 13, March 30, 2008, Article 18

COLLECTING NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION ITEMS

Pete Smith writes: "Today (3-30-08) I attended a local bottle
show with related advertising items. This is something I did
regularly 15-20 years ago but haven’t done lately. Also at the
show was Robert (Bob) Smith, great-grandson of A. M. Smith. I
first met him years ago when Remy Bourne sold items from the
A. M. Smith library. Bob and I are the two most serious
collectors of A. M. Smith memorabilia that I know of.

As I was driving home I got to thinking about what I collect.
"It falls under the general category of "association items,"
that is, items associated with a numismatist. In the case of
A. M. Smith, these are advertising promotion items for his
other business, the California Wine Depot. Are there other
numismatists who also had advertising items for other businesses?
A great example is an advertising mirror I have for Grinnell
Brothers, associated with Albert Avery Grinnell.

"I have a box labeled, "I collect weird stuff." Among the
contents are a campaign button for William Woodin and a wooden
postcard from Farran Zerbe. I have tobacco scrip for the Lewisburg
Tobacco Company signed by Waldo Moore. I have a Civil War patriotic
envelope printed for A. S.  Robinson and addressed to W. Elliot
Woodward. I also have a piece of scrip for Woodward’s Mount
Pleasant Apothecary Store.

"Although I keep this in a box, I have trouble putting a "box"
around what I collect. I can’t describe what fits the collection
and what does not. I would be interested to hear from other E-Sylum
readers who collect association items. Can you define what it is
that you collect? How much of it is there? "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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