In an email chain this week, Dennis Tucker writes:
Paging Eva Adams! A childhood chum sent me this fascinating comic strip yesterday. What a hoot!
The "Eva Adams" remark is about the director of the Mint in 1964, who tried shifting part of the blame for a coin shortage
onto the backs of coin collectors. -Editor
Dennis's friend writes:
According to this info-graphic, someday soon (possibly as soon as the year 2000!) ALL coins will be collector’s items.
There’s a lot to love in this. The idea that, in 1964, the economy was on the verge of grinding to a halt because the girl at the cash register at
Macy’s didn’t have four pennies. The completely random Woman of the Future in the lower right panel. The implication that coin collectors are
selfishly imposing a massive burden on the rest of us. (Darn you numismatists!!!!)
Joel Orosz chimed in:
First, can we all agree that there is no better--indeed, could be no better--name for a cartoonist than the redoubtable "Athelstan
Spilhaus"? His first name conjures the glories of ancient Athens, and his last evokes a German public comfort station!
Be that as it may, Herr Spilhaus may not be too far off in his prediction of doom for "metal money," as various electronic forms of
payment continue to proliferate. But, in the last frame, heaven forfend that the future will witness a return of the bushy-bushy bun hairdo and
Thanks for sharing this delightful bit of prognostication!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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