Regarding Dale Birdsell and his Ku Klux Klan token book, Duane Feisel sent the following:
- The front cover of the second edition
- The back cover of the second edition
- Inside front cover second edition
- Letter sent with the second edition
Thanks! Above is the front cover and the remaining images are below.
I’ve never encountered the book the second edition promotes.
Rich Hartzog writes:
Back in the 1970's and 1980's, I corresponded with, and talked with Dale Birdsell. My records indicate we met at the 1981 ANA where he spent $112 with me. He was TAMS member 4431. Please note I do not endorse the views of the KKK, but I do buy and sell the exonumia.
A bit fuzzy now, but if my memory serves me, he had written a massive book on KKK items (not just exonumia) and that the manuscript had been seen by some collectors. The story I got was that he was kiting checks in order to pay for the publication of the book, and he planned on paying everyone back once it was selling. That might just be a story. Some years ago I attempted to track down a copy of the manuscript, without success.
A Google search on his full name reveals some interesting criminal history! "Dale Estin Birdsell claimed that he cashed 200 bad checks totaling $10,000 to finance a rightwing revolution".
Thanks. Perhaps the manuscript will turn up someday, but this explains why Duane Feisel hasn't seen the book.
Regarding Pete Smith's discussion of Birdsell in last week's issue,
Harold Levi of Blairsville, GA writes:
There's a mistake in this piece, made by Dale Birdsell. Contrary to popular belief, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest did not found the KKK. He was the first Grand Wizard. In 1869, he tried to disband the KKK because of its excessive violence. This can be verified at:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JUNE 18, 2017 : More on Dale Birdsell
Wayne Homren, Editor
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