Ed Krivoniak writes:
Are there any surviving pictures of William Barber, the 5th Chief Engraver of the U.S. mint? I have found plenty of his son Charles E. but haven't been able to find any of William.
Actually, this question has been addressed before, in October 2006. Here's an excerpt.
Dick Johnson wrote:
U.S. Mint Chief Engraver William Barber was a
heavy set man. There is a tiny illustration of him -- but he is not
identified -- in a group photograph of the engraving department on
page 38 (it is Roman numeral "xxxviii" in the Introduction) of Robert
Julian's "Medals of the United States Mint The First Century,
1792-1892." Barber is shown with mallet raised standing behind a
table of medal dies in the center of the room.
This same image also appeared on a postcard in a set of sixteen
interior photographs within the Third U.S. Mint building in
Philadelphia shortly after the Mint moved into the new building at
16th & Spring Garden Street in 1904.
Barbara Gregory, editor of the American Numismatic
Association's NUMISMATIST Magazine
was able to provide a copy of the photo. But those were the days when The E-Sylum
was a text-only publication.
I scanned the photo from my copy of Julian's book - it appears here.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
WILLIAM BARBER'S PICTURE AND PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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