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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 12, March 21, 2010, Article 7

QUIZ ANSWERS: NYNC MEETING OF NOVEMBER 12, 1909

We've had a number of responses to last week's quiz about the photo of the November 12, 1909 meeting of the New York Numismatic Club. -Editor

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QUICK QUIZ: Who can name the numismatists in this
photo of the November 12, 1909 meeting?

Pete Smith writes:

There is a familiar face in the center of the back row in the NYNC picture. I have been trying to figure out if that is Frey, Wood or Zerbe when he had dark hair.

Jim Duncan of New Zealand writes:

As a Kiwi I don't know many great American numismatists, but is A R Frey the one on the left of the man in the light suit at the rear? (That's to his right, viewer's left).

Dave Hirt writes:

Left row: Wayte Raymond, Victor D Brenner, Elmer Sears, Stephen K Nagy, Bauman Belden,

Right row: George H Blake, William Woodin, John H Clapp,

Back row: not sure (may be John W Scott), Uncle Joe Mitchelson, Elliott Smith, Daniel Kennedy (Tom Elder's auctioneer), Albert Frey, Frank Higgins, Edger H Adams, Malcon Webster, Tom Elder.

The era from 1870-1920 is of great interest to me, so I know them by face. Many pictured in the NYNC meeting were also in the picture of Tom Elder's banquet in 1908 before his James Wilson sale. That helped. Also there were a few that I could not have named, except for help from a picture of the same meeting in the book The American Numismatic Society 1858-1958 on page 157.where some, but not all are named. John H. Clapp and Stephen K. Nagy, I believe would have the most difficult to name because they were probably guests, and not regular members.

Our readers are a sharp-eyed bunch. Here's the official key to the photo. -Editor

Head table, left to right: Unidentified bearded man at extreme left, possibly Charles Leopold Podhaiski or J. A. Clarke; Joseph C. Mitchelson, Elliott Smith (goatee), Daniel R. Kennedy, Albert R. Frey (mustache), Frank C. Higgins (mustache), Edgar H. Adams (mustache), D. Macon Webster (goatee), Thomas L. Elder.

Seated at the left of the front table, left to right: Wayte Raymond (glasses and cigar), Victor D. Brenner (bearded), Elmer Sears, Stephen K. Nagy, Bauman L. Belden (bearded, appears to have a water jug on his head)

Seated at the right of the front table, right to left: George H. Blake, William H. Woodin (mustache, holding cigar), John H. Clapp, and on the extreme right, partly cropped off, William R. Weeks.

George Cuhaj adds:

Great review on the NYNC Centennial Book. Attached is a photo of the NYNC Past Presidents who were in attendance at the 1000th meeting, which was also held at Keen's Chop House. It was far more reasonably priced and better attended than the 100th Anniversary (1200th meeting) as it did not occur during the Christmas Holiday party peak space period.

They are Zaloom, Armet, Wilfred, Brady, Martin, Galst, Zimmerman, Grunthal, Janis, Stahl and Kinker It was the last time that Zimmerman and Kinker were at a meeting.

New York Numismatic Club 1000th meeting

Dick Johnson adds:

A single black cube would not prevent a candidate from entry to membership in NYNC in the ballot box voting. It required three black "balls" to block membership to an unsuitable person (at least during my tenure as member in the 1970s and 80s). It was so confidential that when the box was carried around for each member to vote, you could not see the color of the ball or cube the person sitting next to you chose. I wonder if this proviso of three "blackballs" still exists?

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: BOOK REVIEW: CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK NUMISMATIC CLUB (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n11a03.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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