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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 1, January 5, 2001, Article 6


Bill Burd writes:

"Regarding W. D. Perkins remarks about Green, there are no pictures in "The Day they Shook the Plum Tree". There is a nice photo of Green between page 166 & 167 in "The Witch of Wall Street" dated 1935, copyright 1930, Doubleday. The same photo shows up in an article on the 1913 Liberty Nickel in "Coinage" July 1966, page 42. This article is referring to the nickel owned by McDermott and sold in a Kelly auction to the Bebees. I have an auction catalog of the sale autographed by James Kelly, Mrs. McDermott, and the Bebee's. This coin is now at the ANA."

George M. Vanca of Santa Clarita, CA writes:

"I just received the latest E-Sylum and as always, enjoy it. Thank you.

Concerning W. David Perkins' comments about research he has done on Col. Green, and his mention of the first picture he has seen of him in ten years of study - you might let him know that there are a number of pictures of Col. Green in various books on stamps and stamp collectors.

As we know, Col. Green was a prolific collector of many things, but in addition to coins, he had a tremendous love (and healthy budget) for stamps (inverted Jenny, etc.).

I have seen numerous pictures of Col. Green sitting inside his carriage meeting with various New York dealers to purchase stamps. There are usually some interesting stories behind the man that enhance his colorful image.

"The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors" by Stanley M. Bierman, MD, has a chapter (and picture) on Green. "Fun and Profit in Stamp Collecting" by Herman Herst Jr., supplies additional information on him.

Perhaps by examining some of these books, Mr. Perkins might acquire some helpful information about Col. Green for his research."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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