Kerry Wetterstrom submitted this note on Bob Ramsay and the auction catalogs of Bob Polito. Thanks!
I read the latest issue of The E-Sylum, which is always a highlight of my Monday mornings! My attention was immediately grabbed by Pete Smith's note on Robert M. Ramsay. I knew Bob Ramsay, as he was a fellow member of the Red Rose Coin Club here in Lancaster and a regular attendee at club meetings. I remember him as knowledgeable, but also cantankerous. He took pleasure in shocking members by dropping the occasional F-Bomb during one of his frequent outbursts on something that upset him.
I attended his estate sale conducted by another member and past president of the RRCC, Bob Polito. Bob's auction catalogs are best described as
listings, and I have attached images of the front cover and two pages from the beginning of the national bank note section. The catalog is 12 pages, self covered, without any illustrations. Bob Ramsay had an important collection of Lancaster County national bank notes, and I kept the catalog for my archives.
I should note that when I sold my own collection of Lancaster County bank notes eight years later, I also used Bob Polito's auction company to sell them. The catalog of my collection is very similar in terms of layout, but Bob Polito did incorporate a few photos of my better notes.
Thank you for the nice trip down memory lane!
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ROBERT MEBANE RAMSAY (1913-1996)
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