Just last week, John Mutch asked our readers for help locating a supply of 2x2 coin holders with a square window. Here's his follow-up.
It is interesting where things lead...
Happily I am now in possession of 5 boxes of the large square-window 2x2s. Duane Feisel sold them to me - two other E-Sylum readers responded that they also had some.
One of the boxes Duane sent had a "U-Do-It" sticker on the end. Also on the sticker was "Robert C. Gray Coin and Stamp Supplies". A Google search shows that the Robert C. Gray Company is still active in Carson City, NV. Since I don't need any more holders, I'll just file that info away. But additional Google searching found the following:
I don't know whether the gent in the red shirt in the third photo is Gray or just a passer-by. I do suspect that Robert C. Gray is the only numismatist to have a steam locomotive named after him...
To read the complete article, see:
Engine #29 – The Robert C. Gray
Duane Feisel writes:
Gray was a coin dealer in Oakland, CA at one time, and then moved to Nevada. To tell the truth I didn’t know he had gotten into coin holders! I met Robert C. Gray many years ago when I had tokens made in the 1970’s for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Virginia City NV. When I delivered the tokens I made a trip on the train, riding in the engine cab with Bob and the engineer.
I didn’t know what his exact involvement was, but found this on the Internet:
Hungry for details, I picked up the newly published “Official Guidebook of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad,” by Stephen E. Drew, in the gift shop. The cashier noted that Robert C. Gray — who is featured in a 1938 photograph in the book — would be riding with us. I took note and kept on the lookout for him; later I found out that Gray was, in fact, a key figure in reviving the Virginia & Truckee.
“Bob Gray is a longtime rail fan. He grew up in the ’30s with a deep interest in railroads,” said Kyle Wyatt, curator for history and technology at the California State Railroad Museum. “He had been one of the people who had ridden on one of the last excursions from Carson City to Virginia City before that line was shut down in 1938.
“In the early 1970s, he found himself in a position where was able to restart the V&T Railroad,” Wyatt added.
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NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: FEBRUARY 3, 2013: 2x2 holder with the square window sought
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