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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 4, January 26, 2020, Article 14

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 26, 2020

A. Pismo Clam
Joel Anderson's article on modern Pismo Clam Money prompted Frank Robinson to write:

A. Pismo Clam was a character in a W.C. Fields film, "The Bank Dick."

It's true! I looked it up. "Bank Detective" is the safe-for-work term for the old-time moniker. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MODERN PISMO CLAM SHELL MONEY (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n03a20.html)

Early Minting Video

Howard Daniel passed along this link to a video about minting from the University of Rare Coins. He'd found it in a Facebook group he belongs to. It uses Flash Player, and may not render in your browser. Mine blocked it, but check it out if you can, and let us know what you think. -Editor

To watch the video, see:
http://urc.universityrarecoins.com/urccontent/wbd/V101_Early-Minting/engage.html

Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum Pamphlet

Chase Manhattan Bank Story of Money pamphlet 1

Allen Pauly writes:

As a 15-year-old boy at the New York World's Fair, I was intrigued by the coin display presented by the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum. This was pamphlet that was given to us upon entering the display. The pamphlet is 16 pages.

A quick check on Wikipedia shows the museum was in existence from 1928 to 1977 with "most of the collection donated to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution" and some of collection going to the American Numismatic Society including an 1804 U.S. Dollar.

When I got home to Houston, I put the pamphlet in between some Whitman coin folders and recently ran across it. To run into something that was put away some 56 years ago was quite the trip down memory lane.

Chase Manhattan Bank Story of Money pamphlet 2
Chase Manhattan Bank Story of Money pamphlet 3

Thanks. The Chase Manhattan museum was a little bit before my time as a collector. I have a copy or two of this pamphlet in my ephemera files, though. -Editor

The Chapman's Photographer

Last week John Lupia's article identified Edward Bierstadt as a photographer who worked for Philadelphia coin dealers S. H. & H. Chapman, a fact confirmed this week in David Hill's article (also based on Chapman correspondence files). I reached out for further confirmation to Dan Hamelberg who owns a number of Chapman plate glass negatives. -Editor

Dan writes:

I checked my Chapman glass negative plates, and I am unable to find any markings or indications of who made the plates or where made. I have the 9 plates from the Jackman Sale, and 9 plates from the Bement Foreign Sale. There is one Jackman plate that has a tag with an address: 1324 Walnut St. - Phila. This is the only marking I can find.

Bierstadt was based in New York. Does that Philadelphia address belong to one of the Chapmans? Or could it be a second photographer? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
EDWARD BIERSTADT (1824-1906) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n03a15.html)

Another Gold Medal Product: Martinelli's Sparkling Cider
Phil Iversen writes:

Regarding the article about medals in advertising, I am enclosing two photos on the subject from a product that I enjoy and is cheaper than Bacardi!

Martinellis Gold Medal 1 Martinellis Gold Medal 2

Thanks. Bottoms up! -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON MEDALS IN ADVERTISING (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n03a11.html)

Guth E-Sylum ad02 Detective Agency


Wayne Homren, Editor

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