In the latest issue of his Coin Board News newsletter, author Dave Lange shared photos of the rare Whitman Executive Coin Hobby Kit and other seldom-seen hobby accessories from the 1960s. With permission I'm republishing the article here. Thanks.
SOME FORGOTTEN ITEMS REVEALED My books on the products of both the Coin & Currency Institute
and Whitman Publishing Company made reference to certain products that were likely to have been produced but
had not yet been seen. The recent acquisition of a supply catalog published in 1964 by the Omaha dealership of
Aubrey and Adeline Bebee revealed both images and pricing for three products that previously were in the dark.
I'm reproducing those images here as a supplement to those books.
The first photo shows Whitman's Executive Coin Hobby Kit, which is described on pages 11-12 of Volume Three.
The Bebee catalog reveals that the bulk of its $26.95 price (a whopping amount of money in the ‘60s) was due to
the attaché case rather than its contents! I seriously doubt that more than a very few of these were sold.
Far more practical would have been the album carrying case seen in the second image. I recall one of these being
offered on eBay years ago with a really terrible photo, but that was long before I believed there really was such a
thing. I'd love to have one now, but I've never seen it listed since that time. A similar product for Whitman's
folders was produced under the Laymond brand, and this is illustrated on page 45 of Volume Three.
Finally is the
slip case made for Whitman folders. I do have a number of these, and I'm surprised the company could have sold
them so cheaply even then. The 35¢ retail price was the same as that of the folders 1953-67, but the materials surely
must have cost more. Perhaps, it was viewed as a loss leader.
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