Michael Merrill has a question about a 1920s-era stamp and coin dealer from Hawaii.
Rummaging through some accumulated coin stuff, I came across this interesting 2 1/4" coin envelope of yesteryear. I would be pleased to pass this on to the first respondent willing to dig up useful information about F. W. Reid.
In the 1970's and early 80's coin dealer Bob Cohen, I believe originally from Maryland, moved to Hawaii and always made the long trek to the legendary coin shows at Lanham, MD.
It's hard to imagine what it was like doing business
as a U.S. and foreign coin and stamp dealer in Honolulu in Reid's day, especially when he/she imported envelopes from England. Perhaps a U.K. expat?
A search on the Newman Numismatic Portal came up empty - it probably would have found something if Reid had advertised in the publications digitized there. Perhaps he was primarily a stamp dealer and was less active in coins.
A general web search found stamp dealers offering stamped envelopes with Reid's cachet mailed from Hawaii in August 1928 - these are First Day Covers for the Captain Cook Sesquicentennial. Reid also sold stamp books - Worthpoint lists a 1919 copy of A Check List of the Stamps of Hawaii - And More by Charles Foster Richards with a seller's stamp of "F.W. Reid Stamps and Coins, Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu, T.H."
I reached out to numismatic biographer John Lupia and he submitted an article on Reid which appears elsewhere in this issue. Can anyone else help?
SCARCE BOOK—1916 RICHARDS HAWAIIAN POSTAGE STAMPS AND STAMPED ENVELOPES
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