Last week Dick Johnson posed several questions about a medal engraver named Blumenfeld: In Chicago he signed his pieces with his name and the enigmatic letters "P.O.C." In San Francisco he added the initials "S.F.C ." to his signature. Questions: What was his full name? And what do these initials stand for?. Pete Smith offers these thoughts.
1. Engraver Blumenfeld is not listed in Forrer. My conclusion: If Dick Johnson does not know the first name of engraver Blumenfeld, that information is not to be known.
2. What do P.O.C. and S.F.C. stand for? My first thought was "Port of Chicago" and "San Francisco, California."
3. Others speculate that S.F.C. stands for "San Francisco Chronicle," since M. H. De Young was the owner. This speculation extends to the thought that Blumenfeld worked for the Chronicle. I will continue to describe this as speculative until someone comes up with better documentation.
4. New puzzle question: What do the letters P.O.C. mean when applied to a Schenkman 48? (As in Schenkman 48 P.O.C.)
5. Answer to question above: Pile of Crap. (Sorry to drop the E-Sylum to that level, but you (or Kraljevich) started it.)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC VOCABULARY: ITINERANT ENGRAVER
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