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I absolutely LOVE your idea of creating this scrapbook.
This is a great way of answering questions that come up a lot.
Ron Landis ...Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:59:06

2004 ScrapBook Subjects
Page
Index
Links
Link: Taking A "Cutout Hobo" To A Whole New Level
Link: [ Active Nickel Carvers Abound At FUN2004 ]
Link: A Striking Enterprise At FUN2004
Link: December 2003 Collector's Update Correction
Link: Treasure Troves Come In All Sizes
Link: [ If My Dad Can Do It I Figure Anyone Can! ]
Link: To Be Esteemed Be Useful
Link: [ Being "Hoe Boys" Is Hard Work ]
Link: [ Watching A Griffiths Carving Develop ]
Link: Errorscope and CONECA
Link: [ Howard Fogg's Favorite Painting ]
Link: [ Steven G. Adams' First Steam Locomotive ]
Link: A Sunny Day In Colorado Springs
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1/23
2004
Bill Fivaz photographs.       Click for Enlargement on CD-ROM
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  • Taking A "Cutout Hobo" To A Whole New Level

  •    In 1996 when Ron struck his first pair of GMM Hobo Tokens over Jefferson nickels Bill Fivaz had him strike a few through one dollar bills. What you ended up with was a rather weakly struck token that showed a lot of the original Jefferson nickel under-type, a one dollar bill with a "hobo hole" in it and a "cutout hobo bust" shaped one dollar bill fragment.
       I find it odd that the dollar bill was laid across the Jefferson nickel with George upside down. I would have wanted the "hobo hole" to be right side up in the dollar bill if I'd been in charge.
       Bill kindly captured pictures for us of his last example of this interesting experimental strike. He took photos of the struck through token and the bill fragment. But... the dollar bill with a hole in it escaped without being recorded and the new owner has no ready method of obtaining a photograph of the bill for us... maybe someday! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    A Joe Paonessa photograph.       Click for Enlargement on CD-ROM
    Paonessa         Sheehan         Jameson         Landis
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    Alpert         Shireman         Fivaz
    Active Nickel Carvers Abound At FUN2004
       The camaraderie overflowed in Florida this year when folks interested in nickel carving gathered in Orlando in January. Joining Steve Alpert, Newell Shireman (an oldtime hobo) and Bill Fivaz we find Joe Paonessa, Dick Sheehan, Bill Jameson, and Ron Landis... all acomplished nickel carvers! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    1/16
    2004
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  • A Striking Enterprise At FUN2004

  •    Here we have a rather typical example of what happens when you provide access to equipment like TheGuy's MiniMint to the sort of folks that attend coin conventions. None-the-less it is a pretty little pi鑓e de caprice even though the multiple strikes obscured much of Ron's typically superb die work. I would like it better if it were accompanied by a perfectly struck token so I could luxuriate in the glow from Ron's peerless die work.
       The next time I looked at Gallery Mint items on eBay there were two more 2004 FUN GMM tokens from the same Seller, including a perfectly struck specimen. Now this group of three pieces make a much more interesting group to show Ron's dies. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    1/15
    2004
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    $2.95 Pewter
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    $9.95 Silver
  • December 2003 Collector's Update Correction

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       ScrapBook reader Edwin Johnston pointed out today that TheGuys have a typographical error in their latest Collector's Update. He got this information straight from the horse's mouth... the fine folks at the Newark Museum. I contacted my corresponding friend at the museum and he confirmed that he had given TheGuys the wrong price for the silver tokens.
       So here's the straight scoop... Pewter Tokens are $2.95, Silver Tokens are $9.95, Postage and Handling is $5.50, and Send To: Newark Museum, Attn: Gift Shop, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3109. Tell 'em V-Dubya sent you... that'll really confuse them since they have no clue who I am. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen

    1/14
    2004
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  • Treasure Troves Come In All Sizes

  •    Mike Ellis dug around in his valise and came up with this nice variety of GMM creations. He just posted them on eBay so here is your chance to add some super pieces to your collections. Personally I just think he is trying to get a jump on the upcoming big auction from GMM. At least with these eBay offerings there is no "vig" added. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ... here are enlargments of the coins shown above:

    1794 GMM Proof Lib Cap Large Cent Repro.     eBay#2217789303
    1964D Peace Dollar, Gallery Mint, Proof.
        eBay#2217789482
    Pair 2000 GMM Golden Dollar Patterns.
        eBay#2217789725
    1995 GMM Copper Elect J. T. Stanton Token.
        eBay#2218134969
    1996 GMM OHNS Hobo Nickel Token.
        eBay#2218135055
    1999 GMM Pewter ANA Chicago Token.
        eBay#2218135125
    2000 GMM Pewter FUN Show Token.
        eBay#2218135218
    GMM Copper Doe Dough Cent.
        eBay#2218135341
    1995 GMM Copper Elect J. T. Stanton Token.
        eBay#2218140182
    1999 GMM Pewter ANA Chicago Token.
        eBay#2218140326
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    Lee Griffiths photographs.       Click for Carving or Luci enlargement on CD-ROM
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    If My Dad Can Do It I Figure Anyone Can!
       I hope you like my first nickel carving. There was really no particular reason for carving that exact face. I simply thought that is was a fun face, and a good starter. The more I carved, the more my techniques and the nickel's character developed.
       My reasons for venturing into the world of nickel carving are very simple. I'm a sixteen year old High School student with not a penny. Plus, if my Dad can do it I figure anyone can! It's a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to my next nickel carving, because my skills have improved so much! Luci Griffiths... Monday, 1/12/2004 7:21PM

       The apple never falls far from the tree. Lucinda is definitely a Wunderzicklein as well as both her father's daughter and a lovely young woman. I about choked myself laughing so hard when I read her observation about Lee's fantastic talent; "If my Dad can do it..." V-Dubya's observation is that familarity sure can alter your view of genius. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    1/9
    2004
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    Two Headed 1729-1739 George II HalfPenny
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    Two Headed 1792 Birch Cent - Copper - 34.7mm - 17.4g
  • To Be Esteemed Be Useful

  •    There is a well known New Jersey Cent with two shields (reverses) and the other day a two headed 1729-1739 George II HalfPenny was sold on eBay. It turns out... as usually is the case ...that the HalfPenny piece was fabricated from two genuine specimens. None-the-less, it got me to thinking of how one could create a "real" two headed coin with a single set of dies.
       I got Tim to create the COOL piece shown above in the following manner. First place two blank planchets in the press and strike them. Then place the resulting uniface bust piece face down on another blank planchet and strike that pair.
       It only took two strikes to create the three specimens shown here. The Uniface Reverse specimen is the leftover piece from the first strike. The Incuse Obverse specimen is the leftover piece from the second strike. Observe that the three specimens came out noticably different in size. The uniface piece was struck as part of a very thick sandwich of two new planchets. The two headed piece was struck twice and expanded the most. The incuse piece was struck as part of a lesser thickness sandwich of a previously struck and a new planchet and expanded the least. When you think about it the various sizes are quite logical. For the record these pieces have "medal/book" and not "coin" die alignments.
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    Uniface Reverse - Copper - 33.5mm - 17.3g
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    Incuse Obverse - Copper - 32.5mm - 17.0g
       In case you are wondering about the title of this SBsubject... "TO BE ESTEEMED BE USEFUL" is the lettering on the edge of Ron's Birch Cent recreations. Ron is always a stickler for detail which is what makes collecting GMM products so exciting. THANKS RON! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Lee Griffiths photographs.       Click for Napper or Sleeper enlargement on CD-ROM
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    Being "Hoe Boys" Is Hard Work
       Lee Griffiths' expert engraving and astounding imagination never fails to impress me. The "Hoe Boy" on the left just sold at the annual OHNS auction at FUN2004... I don't have the price realized for it at this writing. The "Hoe Boy" on the right is in my personal collection and I couldn't be happier. Lee has used gold trim... sparingly and elegantly ...to create spectacles, an ear ring, buttons and a pinky ring on these two carvings. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    Lee Griffiths photographs.       Click for First, Second, Third or Fourth enlargement on CD-ROM
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    Watching A Griffiths Carving Develop
       Lee Griffiths is not only talented but patient with V-Dubya. I'm always pestering him for scans as his carving's progress and he provides them without complaint even though it is additional work and obviously slows his progress. I selected the four scans shown here from seven Lee provided me. Thanks Lee!
       A bit of news about this superlative carving... that isn't obvious when viewing these relatively small scans ...Lee used gold to create the "twinkle" in Santa's eyes. Exceptionally small and expertly crafted pupil inserts make a dramatic impact all out of proportion to their physical size. Lee is creating nickel carvings for future generations of collectors! EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    1/7
    2004
    James Wiles photographs.       Click for Page 18, 19 or 20 enlargements on CD-ROM
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    Errorscope, November/December 2003
  • Errorscope and CONECA

  •    Mike Ellis came up with the Errorscope November/December 2003 article for us. The "article" was actually a Photo layout of a selection of James Wiles' 2003 ANA Summer Seminar photographs so there was no descriptive text with it other than the photograph captions. If you are viewing this using a ScrapBook CD-ROM the you can click on the camera icons () to see nice color enlargements of James' photographs. Everything shown here belongs to Mr. Wiles and CONECA so I am indebted to those fine folks for making these photographs available to the collecting public. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
    As a special bonus to all who purchase ScrapBook CD-ROMs...
    ... here are color enlargments of the Errorscope article's photos:

    Close-up of Pike's Peak.
    The Cafeteria, where students and teachers meet three times a day to eat and discuss coins.
    Ron Landis preparing for Creative Errors Session.
    Melting the pewter into ingot bars.
    The rolling mill in the Mini Mint.
    Making blanks on the blanking press.
    The upset mill in the Mini Mint.
    The screw press in the Mini Mint.
    Error coins made during the Creative Errors Session.
    Display of creative errors made by the 2003 class.

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    PhotoSource:www.KatyRailroad.org
    Howard Fogg's Favorite Painting
       The 2-6-0 Mogul Type engine in the Howard Fogg painting represents the period of the mid-to-late 1890's. That particular painting was Howard Fogg's favorite painting among the group that he did for M-K-T President John W. Barriger in about 1967. Unfortunately, it is not entirely accurate. The yellow and black paint scheme of the depot and water tank is not at all accurate, as well as the later 20th century train order semaphore that would not appear on the Katy until the 1920's. It is still a beautiful picture, done by the greatest of railroad painters. Raymond B. George, Jr. (Ray)... Wednesday, 1/7/2004 6:09AM
    A Steve Adams photograph.       Click for Enlargement on CD-ROM
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    Steven G. Adams' First Steam Locomotive
       The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, MKT or Katy as it was known by, went right by my childhood home. Our property backed up against the RR right-of-way and I got my pants dusted off if I played on the west end of our property paralleling the RR and don't even think of crossing the fence onto RR property... that was a big "No-No!" I remember sitting and watching the trains whiz by and wishing I could hop aboard and be someplace else, anyplace else, than where I was. Little did I know how good I had it... safe and protected from the harsh realities of life.
       The fact that Steve Adams was willing to carve a MKT steam locomotive as his first locomotive carving ...and... that I had the resources and the opportunity to purchase it from him ...is a real highpoint in V-Dubya's life. I have my parents to thank for all they have given me that makes my life both comfortable and pleasurable.
       When I look at the final scan of my Katy Locomotive I see three Bobwhite Quail sitting on the grassy knoll and watching the locomotive roar past. Steve says I have lost my marbles and that all he carved on the grassy knoll is... yup! GRASS. So we have conflicting reports on what is on the grassy knoll. I think this conspiracy deserves further investigation. Don't you?
       Here is one of many links in hyperspace that give MKT information: Link:www.katyrailroad.org/steam.htm, KatyRailroad.org / M-K-T / Katy Steam Engines. There is a great deal of information available about the MKT and there is even an organization, The Katy Railroad Historical Society, that publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Katy Flyer. Their official website is: Link:www.KatyRailroad.org. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen
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    Steve Adams photographs.       Click for Artwork, Left, Center or Right enlargement on CD-ROM
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    James Wiles photographs.       Click for Enlargement on CD-ROM
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  • A Sunny Day In Colorado Springs

  •    Mike Wallace told me there was an article published in CONECA's "Errorscope" about Ron Landis' Creative Errors Summer Seminar course at Colorado Springs in 2003. While I haven't tracked down the actual article yet I did contact James Wiles, CONECA's President, and he sent me a superb PowerPoint presentation containing over 50 photographs taken during the week of June29-July3,2003. There are way too many to include here in the ScrapBook for you but I felt you'd enjoy these two shots of the Steam Press that Joe restored for ANA. The bright Colorado sunshine makes the press difficult to see. Maybe I'll get some shots eventually taken at night with the display cases' overhead lights on... bet that would make for some really nice photos. Regardless, I appreciate Mr. Wiles making the effort to share his set of photographs with us and I trust I can show you a few more as the opportunity presents itself. EMail:Verne R. Walrafen