The new information and picture of J.N.T. Levick was quite interesting to me. He has long been a numismatic favorite of mine. I own his hardbound, priced and named copy of the John Allan sale in 1864, and a plated copy of his quite amazing token collection, sold in Woodward's 67th sale in 1884.
I send along an interesting letter Levick wrote to Tom Elder, printed in The Elder Monthly June-July 1907 in which he announces that because of illness and doctors orders he must give up all his hobbies.
Some day there will be a grand house cleaning and the junk man and the scavenger will have a cinch shoveling all my gatherings for the last 50 years.
There's no man in my neighborhood can boast of such a collection as my tin foils, wrappers, graphics, beers (unbottled), cigarettes, (smokeless), and tax paids.
Then I must have a hogshead of entire embossed envelopes saved for forty years past; theatre play bills, programmes, photographs, car and ferry tickets, 30 to 40 years old; 200,000 or more postmarks with stamps attached; engravings, philatelic literature, numismatic library, coins and stamps, catalogues- let alone match and medicine and other revenues; U S Postage, plate numbers. Then there are books, books, books, from one end of the house to the other. I want the numismatic, philatelic, and curio world to know that I have to throw up the sponge and be counted out.
He was a real collector! I would have loved to have been one of the scavenge rs.
Jim Nieswinter adds:
Your idea that Levick resembles Ed Rochette is right on - I wish I had thought of it. Maybe Levick was re-incarnated as Rochette - two numismatists with French ancestry!
Tom DeLorey writes:
Actually, my first impression upon seeing the picture was that it was Ed Rochette as an infant!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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