Shurouq Algusane Of Warner Brothers / Leavesden Studios submitted the following query to E-Sylum readers. Can anyone help?
I am working on a film called "In the Heart of the Sea" which is based at the Warner Bros. Studio in London, England.. The film is based on the 1820 event, of The Essex whaling ship from Nantucket.
I am currently trying to compile some information on American paper currency of the time. Although I have found quite a bit already, I am mainly concerned with the dimensions and the colours of the notes (as most sources I've seen show them in black and white only).
I am specifically interested in paper currency that would have been circulating in 1850. The character who is in possession of the money is from New York but has traveled to Nantucket. He is of a healthy middle class success. I would like to send a call out to your readers to see if anyone would be interested in emailing me photos of appropriate banknotes that this character would have had (based on his class, and his travels) from their collection?
I can be reached at this email address:
. Thank you.
Can anyone help? I've wondered about the intricacies of money and traveling in the obsolete banknote era. Notes become worth less and less the farther one travels from their origin. Would a smart New Yorker go to a broker and buy New England notes at a discount and spend them at full value when he reaches his destination? That would make more sense than taking New York notes that could only be spent at a discount to face value in Nantucket.
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