ATOMIC TEST CHITS IN CZAHOR FEBRUARY 2019 SALE
A lot in Ray Czahor's Philippine and WWII Mail Bid Sale XXII (closing February 25, 2019) caught my eye and Ray kindly provided images for publication. First, here's the
description of lot 2476. -Editor
Atomic Test chits: 10C for One Beer, Fleet recreation Center, Aore Island (3), I.B.B.C. 5C Port Purvis, I.B.B.C. 10C Port Purvis, Coral Reef Tavern/Operation Crossroads 5C
(2)`; On front: Joint Task Force One/Bikini Atoll/Crossroads/Army/Navy at left, 58 at top corners, 509 at bottom corners, on back: Task Group One.Five/Bikini/Kwajalein/Short
Snorter, plane at left, island at right; On front: USA*USN Short Snorter/Atomic 1/shiip at bottom, on back: Bikini JTF--One, Ship in center/Crossroads; copy of previous note with
Marshall Islands stamp and US 3c Commemorative, Postmark July 1, 1946; Marshall Islands C7 souvenir sheet, 44c Stamp w/Saratoga within larger illustration of Baker Day Atomic Bomb
Test, 25 July 1946 (Cat=$4; Block of 4 Marshall Island 22c stamps w/article;Original Short Snorter on Joint Task Force ONE note; Photo cys of 4 Short Snorters on US $1 notes;
Article on atomic test notes + arcle by Jonathan M. Weisgall, "Bikini 'Witch's Brew'"(5 pages). Several other cys. Unusual group and probably Very Scarce
Ray notes that there is additional information on a few of the notes on p427 of World War II Remembered. Here are some images. -Editor
10C for One Beer, Fleet recreation Center, Aore Island
Coral Reef Tavern/Operation Crossroads 5C
I.B.B.C. 5C Port Purvis, I.B.B.C. 10C Port Purvis
USA*USN Short Snorter/Atomic
Original Short Snorter on Joint Task Force ONE note
The chits and coupons have denominations and were clearly used in lieu of cash. The Atomic Short Snorter includes the number "1" but not a denomination. Was it
actually used in commerce or only as a souvenir? The final Short Snorter item has no denomination either and is nicely signed by five people. Great opportunity for research. Are
any of the signers still alive? My father-in-law, now 91, was stationed after the war for a time on Johnson Island and later at the the White Sands Proving ground where he met Dr.
Wernher von Braun.
For information on the sale or a copy of the catalog, contact Ray Czahor at
Wayne Homren, Editor
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