Dick Johnson forwarded these thoughts on associated items, which are a great collecting sideline and right up the alley of bibliophiles and ephemera collectors. -EditorI just finish editing an article on the Lincoln Tunnel Medal in which the author added illustrations of two associated items. A couple weeks back I wrote a review of Bill Swoger's new book, National Commemorative Medals of the USA (vol 11, no 27 art 4). The book contained an abundance of associated items illustrated.
An associated item -- a nonnumismatic item closely related to a numismatic item -- can take many forms. These "go-with" items can be most any relevant artifact, but photographs top the list. Or drawings, paintings, any other illustrative material. Bill Swoger also included the leaflets that come with the medals, stamps, tickets, badges, first day covers, postal cards, medal envelopes, order forms, expo certificates, and in one case, a painting and paper money showing the same design as on the medal. Often they illustrate an event connected to the coin, medal or token.
These all add interest and colorful background information when illustrated with any numismatic item. Collectors should add these when forming their collections. Writers should search for such associated items in the preparation of any book or article.
The Lincoln Tunnel Medal article was by Harry Waterson. He had found and illustrated an invitation to a celebration dinner honoring the opening of the Lincoln Tunnel. It had a tab to turn in for a free medal during the festivities. His other illustration was a matchbook with a drawing of the medal. Both relevant items to the medal. The article is slated for publication soon in TAMS Journal. Watch for it and see if you don't agree with me associated items add interest.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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