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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 21, May 23, 2010, Article 17

LANGE’S MYSTERY NUMISMATIST UNMASKED

Last week Dave Lange submitted a new mystery numismatist quiz for us. He wrote:

The man in this Christmas photo had a great impact on the hobby of coin collecting in the USA.

Family Xmas 1938

With a grin (and copying Ken Bressett), Mark Borckardt writes:

The link dates the image to 1938. Judging from the age, he was probably born in the late 19th century. Is it Ken Bressett?

Pete Smith writes:

I suspect that it will be difficult for most current collectors to identify the mystery family offered by David Lange. I certainly would not have known. I do, however, know David Lange and some of his areas of interest.

Lange wrote a book on coin boards. On page 55 is a picture of the Post family, Joseph Sr., Suzanne, Charles, Joe Jr., and Annice. They are about the same age and wearing the same clothes as the family in Dave's mystery picture.

Tom DeLorey was also accurate with his guess. He writes:

Knowing David Lange's interest in coin albums, I must guess that his mystery photo is of Mr. Post.

Ken Bressett writes:

I suspected the photo was J.K. Post because it came from Lange, but did not comment knowing that others would figure it out. I also thought that the little tyke seated at the foot of the tree was probably Mark Borckardt himself, trying to identify a large cent before putting it in his Post/Whitman penny board.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUICK QUIZ: ANOTHER MYSTERY NUMISMATIST (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n20a21.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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