Jerry Fochtman has two requests for E-Sylum readers relating to exhibit and research projects. Can anyone assist? -Editor -EditorI've got a research project that I'm working on, and wondered if any of your readers might be able to help. First off, I'm working on gathering material on D.W. Valentine and his book on Postage/Fractional Currency. Essentially there were several editions of his 1924 book, "United States Fractional Currency".
The initial release was published by F.C.C. Boyd, and there were 2 editions if you will. Most people are aware of the red/black covered edition, for which there were 225 produced, each was individually numbered. I'm trying as best I can, to locate as many examples that still exist so as to see how many have survived. So if any of your readers have a copy, if they could simply e-mail me or call me and let me know their name, and what numbered book they have, that would help me a great deal.
I've sent Jerry the information on my copy (pictured). It's copy number 204, purchased from John Bergman at the Portland ANA convention in 1998. -EditorIn addition to the red/black covered edition, Valentine apparently had prepared a black leather edition as well. There were 25 copies make and these were customized for some of the leading dealers/collectors during that time with the individual's name stamped in gold on the leather cover. These too, were individually numbered, and also were autographed by Valentine. Of the 25 that were produced, I only know where two copies are, and the name that was stamped on the cover. I do suspect that there's at least one in the ANA library, but haven't been able to learn the number or name on the cover.
If you happen to have one of these rare books, if you too, could contact me with the name on the cover and the number Valentine wrote with his name I would appreciate it.
Before I mention the other item I'm trying to census, I still have not been able to locate a picture of Daniel Valentine to include with my research material. If you happen to know anything about finding a picture of the gentlemen, or anything else about his life or descendents, please let me know.
Finally, the other item I'm search for is the home edition of Laban Heath's Counterfeit Detector. I'm sure that Eric Newman has at least one or more copies in his personal library. But I've been unable to locate any others. I'm working on an exhibit for Memphis involving Laban Heath and would like to include a copy if someone has one they can bring or simply loan me for the purpose of this exhibit. It will be graciously returned with a debt of gratitude after the Saturday, and I'll gladly keep ownership confidential.
If you wish to reach me, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and my cell is: 713/502-3255. I should add that I don't usually see this e-mail address on the weekends, but a quick phone message will prompt me to check it. Thanks for considering my invitation to help complete my exhibit and any help you might be able to provide on D.W. Valentine and a census of his book.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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