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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 16, April 18, 2010, Article 23

QUERY: THE LIBRARY AND COLLECTION OF OLE P. EKLUND

Dave Hirt writes:

I would like to comment on an item in last week's E-Sylum. In The Emergency Money Collector Volume 2, Number 1 it states that Ole P. Eklund had a library of 30,000 books. That figure is hard for me to believe. 30,000 is a LOT of books! I have 5000 books and catalogs, and I have 24 bookcases FULL. If I had six times that, I can't even start to imagine where I would put them.

Eklund was an interesting person. He dedicated his life to numismatics. I read that early on he decided that he could not afford both a wife and numismatics, so he never married. He was a blue collar worker who never made big money. Probably because of this, he focused on the minor coinage of the world. I pulled my copy of the sale catalog of his coins. I believe that only a small portion of his coins were in this 4/20/51 sale. Over one half the lots are of Great Britain and her colonies. The catalog refers to future sales, but they never happened.

The Eklund sale was mail bid. The front cover says, Cataloged and sold by Gene DeNise. The terms and conditions, of which there is a full page, do NOT list where to send your bids. On the title page, it says, Cataloged and sold for the purchaser of the estate by Mrs. D. Dee DeNise 5550 28th Ave N.E. , Seattle 5, Wash. I have read that SHE was the purchaser, but after reading that statement, who knows?

I gagged a bit on that number myself. Is anyone familiar with the disposition of Eklund's library and collection? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE EMERGENCY MONEY COLLECTOR, VOL. 2 NO. 1 (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n15a09.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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