Herb Friedman submitted these notes on paper money researcher Niel Nielsen. -Editor
I knew him for about 30 years and we wrote on a regular basis. Howard mentioned cigarettes but that was not a cigarette. He smoked really nasty
cigars. Sometime when you visited him you sat outside his screen door while he sat just inside and smoked. If he sent you a letter, you took it outside and
hung it on a clothesline to air out.
He was merchant marine during the war and much of his collection was built by sailing from one port to another and just buying as he went. I have a lot of
his personal books and they sometimes took a year or two to get the stink out of. Having said all that, he was a hell of a researcher. I was writing a series
of about 30 articles for the IBNS and other magazines in those days and we would fight and debate over things. Even now when I buy some of Niel's lots from
Cookie Jar I find some of my old letters and articles in his files. His strength was the Philippines and China. He was pretty good on Vietnam too.
Sometimes he would send me stuff and ask me to write an article and I would tell him there was not enough data and then he would get mad and sulk for a
while. But, he was a great guy to know and you could learn a lot listening to him.
Thanks. Below are links to all the older articles on Nielsen. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
C. M. NIELSEN, PHILIPPINE GUERRILLA CURRENCY RESEARCHER
CONRAD MOWER NIELSEN (1922-2008) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n19a13.html)
PHILIPPINE PAPER MONEY RESEARCHER "NIEL" NIELSEN
Wayne Homren, Editor
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